Herman Melville





Herman Melville

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born
in New York City, New York, The United States
August 01, 1819

died
September 28, 1891

gender
male

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influences


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Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby-Dick — largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for Melville's fall from favor with the reading public — was rediscovered in the 20th century as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.


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“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.”
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