THE PORTABLE MELVILLE by Jan-  Leyda

THE PORTABLE MELVILLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

As with the earlier Wolfe, the confines of the volume do not permit large excerpts from the works of an author of expansive size. And as in the earlier case, the author of the present book has wisely stuck to a presentation of excerpts which most nearly parallel Melville's life and experiences. Instead of amorphous pieces from the novels, two of them are included in their complete version- Type and there is also a chronological arrangement of letters, short stories reprinted in whole or in part, poems, and the three most easily extractable excerpts from the larger works- The Sermon from the vivid sketches of Franklin and John Paul Jones from and the original, short-story form of Billy Budd Up to par with the earlier portables.

Pub Date: Jan. 25th, 1951
Publisher: Viking