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Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories

by Herman Melville

If Melville had never written Moby Dick, his place in world literature would be assured by his short tales. "Billy Budd, Sailor," his last work, is the masterpiece in which he delivers the final summation in...


Moby Dick

by Herman Melville

The last time Captain Ahab encountered the fearsome whale Moby Dick, his ship was destroyed and he lost a leg. Now the crazed captain is out for revenge at any cost, as he and his crew traverse the seas in search...


Moby Dick: Or, The Whale

by Herman Melville

The itinerant sailor Ishmael begins a voyage on the whaling ship Pequod whose captain, Ahab, wishes to exact revenge upon the whale Moby-Dick, who destroyed his last ship and took his leg. As they search for...


Bartleby, The ScrivenerA Story of Wall-Street

by Herman Melville

Bartleby is a kind of clerk, a copyist, "who obstinately refuses to go on doing the sort of writing demanded of him." During the spring of 1851, Melville felt similarly about his work on Moby Dick. Thus, Bartleby...


Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick is one of the great epics in all of literature. Captain Ahab's hunt for the white whale drives the narrative at a relentless pace, while Ishmael's meditations on whales and whaling, on the sublime...


Omoo: A Narrative of the South Seas

by Herman Melville

Omoo: A Narrative of the South Seas is the sequel to Melville's Typee, both fictional yet highly autobiographical. The narrator ships on a whaling vessel to Tahiti, where the crew mutinies and are imprisoned....


Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

by Herman Melville

Typee is a fictional, but heavily autobiographical book by Herman Melville. Based on his own three weeks as a captive on Nuku Hiva, Melville's protagonist spends four months trapped on the island. Melville also...


The Piazza Tales

by Herman Melville

The critically acclaimed author of that behemoth of nineteenth-century fiction, Moby-Dick, Herman Melville was also an accomplished short story writer whom critics say did much to advance the form. The Piazza...


The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade

by Herman Melville

The name Herman Melville is synonymous with the pinnacle of American literary achievement, and many regard his novel Moby-Dick as the quintessential work of American fiction. In The Confidence-Man, Melville's...


The Lightning-Rod Man

by Herman Melville

When an unnamed narrator opens his door to a lightning-rod salesman, the two become involved in a philosophical discussion about faith and the will of God. The salesman claims that the copper rod will protect...


The Bell-Tower

by Herman Melville

Bannadonna is an eccentric artist and architect who dreams up plans for a magnificent bell tower. After receiving approval from the city, Bannadonna happily begins construction, but local citizens begin to notice...


Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

Herman Melville's Moby-Dick is considered a treasure of American literature. The author never lived to see the book's success, however, as it was published in 1851 and its first surge of popularity came only...


Bartleby, the Scrivener

by Herman Melville

An aging lawyer hires a new copyist to help with his firm’s workload, and at first he finds himself pleased with his new employee. Bartleby is quiet, efficient and he doesn’t display any of the loud eccentricities...


Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile

by Herman Melville & Robert S. Levine

The authoritative edition of Melville's only historical novel

Based on the life of an actual soldier who claimed to have fought at Bunker Hill, Israel Potter is unique among Herman Melville's books: a novel...


Moby Dick: Upper Intermediate ELT/ESL Graded Reader

by Herman Melville & John Escott

Retold for students of English, this English Language Teaching (ELT/ESL) eBook is an upper intermediate-level Macmillan Reader adventure. Ishmael and his friend join the crew of the Pequod, a whaling ship, unaware...


Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas

by Herman Melville

Melville’s continuing adventures in the South Seas-now for the first time in Penguin Classics Following the commercial and critical success of Typee, Herman Melville continued his series of South Sea adventure-romances...


Billy Budd and Other Stories

by Herman Melville & Frederick Busch

"Billy Budd, Sailor," a classic confrontation between good and evil, is the story of an innocent young man unable to defend himself from wrongful accusations. Other selections include "Bartleby," "The Piazza,"...


Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

by Herman Melville & John Bryant

Typee is a fast-moving adventure tale, an autobiographical account of the author's Polynesian stay, an examination of the nature of good and evil, and a frank exploration of sensuality and exotic ritual.


Selected Poems (Melville, Herman)

by Herman Melville

While best known for such novels as his monumental Moby-Dick, Herman Melville was also an extraordinarily gifted poet. This is the most complete anthology of Melville’s poetry ever published in a single volume....


Pierre: Or, the Ambiguities

by Herman Melville

'Ambiguities indeed! One long brain-muddling, soul-bewildering ambiguity (to borrow Mr. Melville's style), like Melchisedeck, without beginning or end-a labyrinth without a clue - an Irish bog without so much...