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“He who has never felt, momentarily, what madness is has but a mouthful of brains.” — Herman Melville

“Old nineteenth-century New England must have been fearful–in what other country would Thoreau, Melville, Whitman and Dickinson have been so overlooked?” — Robert Lowell, letter to Elizabeth Bishop, December 12, 1958 Herman Melville was born on this day in 1819. … Continue reading

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Today In History: November 14, 1851

Moby-Dick, by Herman Melville, was first published in New York as one volume. It had already appeared in London, the month before, in a highly censored version, and had already generated some comment by the time it hit the United … Continue reading

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2008 Books Read

… in the order in which I finished them, understanding that very often I read many books at the same time. I count re-read books, by the way. I’ll include links to any posts or book excerpts I might have … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Herman Melville

Herman Melville was born on this day in 1819. Moby-Dick is one of my all-time favorite books (my essays and excerpts are linked at the bottom of this post) – so I figured I wouldn’t just re-hash that old territory … Continue reading

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The Books: “Moby Dick” (Herman Melville)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Moby Dick by Herman Melville I’m going to have to do a couple excerpts on this one. The book is dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne: “In token of my admiration for his genius this book is … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Scarlet Letter” (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: The Scarlet Letter – by Nathaniel Hawthorne This was another one of those “had to read” books in high school that I yowled my way thru in protest. The hi-falutin’ language … the bleakness, the … Continue reading

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“Shall I send you a fin of the Whale by way of a specimen mouthful?”

I love the friendship of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville – intense kindred spirits and artistic allies. Hawthorne “got” Melville’s greatness long before Melville’s reputation was rehabilitated posthumously. Moby Dick is, of course, dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Anyway, here’s a … Continue reading

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1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die

Jessa Crispin has an interesting interview with Peter Boxall, editor of 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. I loved what Boxall said at the end: “Having benefited from an extraordinary number of emails and letters as well as … Continue reading

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Happiness

“Happiness comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that we have caught happiness without dreaming of it.” — … Continue reading

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“Call me Ishmael.”

A wonderful book review of a new biography of Herman Melville. I like this: Readers will note that I have said nothing very much about Moby-Dick . But what can anyone say? Its quietly portentous first sentence is as famous … Continue reading

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