Billy Budd & Other Stories by Herman Melville

Billy Budd & Other Stories by Herman Melville

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Stung by the critical reception and lack of commercial success of his previous two works, Moby-Dick and Pierre, Herman Melville became obsessed with the difficulties of communicating his vision to readers. His sense of isolation lies at the heart of these later works. 'Billy Budd, Sailor,' a classic confrontation between good and evil, is the story of an innocent young man unable to defend himself against a wrongful accusation. The other selections here-'Bartleby,' 'The Encantadas,' 'Benito Cereno,' and 'The Piazza'-also illuminate, in varying guises, the way fictions are created and shared with a wider society. In his introduction Frederick Busch discusses Melville's preoccupation with his 'correspondence with the world,' his quarrel with silence, and why fiction was, for Melville, 'a matter of life and death.' Book jacket. This 1999 Wordsworth Editions Ltd Paperback is in Mint condition.

ISBN: 9781853267499 SKU: 1245347 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.