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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

"Call me Ishmael," Moby Dick begins, in one of the most recognizable opening lines in Western literature. The name has come to symbolize orphans, exiles, and social outcasts-- in the opening paragraph of Moby...


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...


Moby Dick

by Herman Melville

“Our souls are like those orphans whose unwedded mothers die in bearing them: the secret of our paternity lies in their grave, and we must there to learn it.” –from Moby Dick Moby Dick is Herman Melville’s...


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....


Moby Dick

by Herman Melville

Call me Ishmael, Moby-Dick begins, in one of the most recognizable opening lines in Western literature. The name has come to symbolize orphans, exiles, and social outcasts - in the opening paragraph of Moby-Dick,...


Billy Budd

by Herman Melville

The young Billy is forced to enlist as a sailor in the British navy, a series of events will lead him to be wrongfully accused and tried for conspiracy.


The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles

by Herman Melville

The ten “sketches” comprising The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles are based largely on author Herman Melville’s experience in the Galápagos Islands, combined with the recorded history of the islands, local...


Billy Budd, Sailor

by Herman Melville

Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers...


Moby Dick

by Herman Melville & Jr. William B. Jones

This is the exciting adventure of Captain Ahab's fervent hunt for the great white whale named Moby Dick

When Ishmael, a young adventurer, decides to join a whaling ship, he discovers that its commander, the...


Billy Budd

by Herman Melville

Billy Budd’s life takes an unexpected turn when he is pressed into service in the Royal Navy at the turn of the nineteenth century. Two recent mutinies and war with Revolutionary France make for tense conditions...


The Piazza

by Herman Melville

When the narrator decides to build a piazza at his new country home, his neighbours are amused when he decides to construct it on the north-facing side of his property. But the narrator is content, and when...


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...


Early American Classics: The Last of the Mohicans, The Scarlet Letter and Others

by James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville & Washington Irving et al.

Experience the beginning of American literature with these classic stories from authors such as James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe. Early American Classics includes: The Scarlet...


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...