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Title Melville biography : an inside narrative / Hershel Parker.
Imprint Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, c2012.


 Main Stacks  PS2388.B54 P37 2012    AVAILABLE
Description xix, 587 p. ; 24 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 545-561) and index.
Subject Parker, Hershel.
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Criticism and interpretation -- History.
Biography as a literary form.
Criticism -- United States.
Novelists, American -- 19th century -- Biography -- Biography -- History and criticism.
Contents Part I. Biographer and biography: Melville and the footsteps theory of biography -- Textual editor as biographer in training : the Norton Moby-Dick and the Northwestern-Newberry writings of Herman Melville -- Entangled by Pierre : doing biography away from the archives -- Creating the new Melville log and writing the biography -- Facts that do not speak for themselves -- Desiderata and discoveries in traditional archives and databases -- Part II. Critics vs. biographical scholarship: Agenda-driven reviewers : Melville in the insular New York newspapers and magazines vs. global loomings from "ragtag bloggers" and litblogs -- Little Jack Horners and archivophobics -- Biographical scholars and recidivist critics -- Presentism in Melville biography -- Late twentieth-century mini-Melville: New York intellectuals without information -- Early twenty-first-century mini-Melville : New York intellectuals without information -- Part III. The biographer in the workshop: demonstrations and challenges: Melville as the "modern Boccaccio" : the fascinations of Fayaway -- Melville's courtship of Elizabeth Shaw -- Melville's short run of good luck (1845-1849) : fool's paradise without international copyright -- Melville without international copyright (1850-1854) : a Harper "sacrifice" for the "public good" -- Melville and Hawthorne's dinner at the Hotel in Lenox -- Why Melville took Hawthorne to the Holy Land : biography enhanced by databases and an amateur blogger -- Melville as a Titan of literature among high-minded British admirers : the Kory-Kory and Queequeg component -- Damned by dollars : Moby-Dick and the price of genius.