The Passages of H.M

The Passages of H.M

A Novel of Herman Melville

Book - 2010
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With the same masterly touch that made The Last Station so powerful, Jay Parini penetrates the mind and soul of another literary titan.
 
Through the eyes of his long-suffering wife, Lizzie, we are introduced to an aging, angry, and drunken Herman Melville. He is decades past his flourishing career as a writer of bestselling tales of seagoing adventures. His epic but ungainly Moby-Dick was meant to make him immortal, but critics scoffed and readers fled. He spends his days trudging the docks of New York as a customs inspector and contemplating his malign literary fate. But within him is stirring, perhaps, one great work yet. . . . In a narrative that shifts seamlessly between Lizzie's personal account and evocative snapshots of Melville's crowded life, Parini manages to humanize a giant of letters, while illuminating the source of his matchless creativity.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c2010
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307386199
0307386198
9780385522779
0385522770
Characteristics: 454 p. ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Passages of Herman Melville

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