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Herman Melville

1819 - 1891
The American novelist, short story writer and poet, Herman Melville, was a part of the American Renaissance period. His best known work, Moby Dick, was sold poorly before becoming his masterpiece. This novel is based on both Melville’s years of experience abroad as a crew member of whaleships and on the real life disaster of the Essex whaleship. Melville also wrote several other sea adventure novels.
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What grand irregular thunder, thought I, standing on my hearthstone among the Acroceraunian hills, as the scattered bolts boomed overhead and crashed down among the valleys, every bolt followed by ... [+]