Herman Melville


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

Died
September 28, 1891

Genre

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.”
Herman Melville

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.”
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“A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.”
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