Herman Melville





Herman Melville


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

Died
September 28, 1891

Genre

Influences


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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January 2015 Revisit the Shelf Classic Poll

 
  12 votes, 22.2%

1898, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells, 192 pages
 
  9 votes, 16.7%

1929, A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway, 293 pages
 
  7 votes, 13.0%

1961, Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, 453 pages
 
  6 votes, 11.1%

 
  5 votes, 9.3%

1952, East of Eden by John Steinbeck, 601 pages
 
  5 votes, 9.3%

 
  4 votes, 7.4%

 
  3 votes, 5.6%

1861, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 505 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.7%

 
  1 vote, 1.9%

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