Herman Melville was an essential American novelist, best known today for the novel Moby-Dick, the novella Billy Budd, and the short story "Bartleby the Scrivener" (all little-noticed in their time, unlike his early bestsellers).
"There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practical joke, though the wit thereof he but dimly discerns, and more than suspects that the joke is at nobody's expense but his own."
— Herman Melville, Moby-Dick
ARTICLES FEATURING HERMAN
Umbilical Cords: Alfonso Cuarón’s “Gravity”
Alfonso Cuarón's new film is Gravity, about umbilical cords that never quite wither away, whether or not we know it or bargain for it....
The Writer as Reader: Melville and his Marginalia
The Library Foundation of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Public Library are launching a month-long celebration of Moby Dick, a ...
The Ghost of Books: Past, Present, and Future
"The Ghost of Books: Past, Present, and Future" is an experiment not in terror and not necessarily Dickensian....