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Billy Budd and The Piazza Tales (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 5.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2006
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  1593082533  
EAN  9781593082536  


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"Billy Budd and the Piazza Tales," by Herman Melville, is part of the "Barnes & Noble Classics"" "series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of "Barnes & Noble Classics"
  • All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. "Barnes & Noble Classics "pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.

    Largely neglected in his own lifetime, Herman Melville mastered not only the great American novel but also the short story and novella forms. In "Billy Budd and The""Piazza Tales," Melville reveals an uncanny awareness of the inscrutable nature of reality.

    Published posthumously in 1924, "Billy Budd" is a masterpiece second only to Melville's "Moby-Dick." This complex short novel tells the story of "the handsome sailor" Billy who, provoked by a false charge, accidentally kills the satanic master-at-arms. Unable to defend himself due to a stammer, he is hanged, going willingly to his fate. Although typically ambiguous, "Billy Budd" is seen by many as a testament to Melville's ultimate reconciliation with the incongruities and injustices of life.

    "The Piazza Tales" (1856) comprises six short stories, including the perpetually popular "Benito Cereno" and "Bartleby," a tale of a scrivener who repeatedly distills his mordant criticism of the workplace into the deceptively simple phrase "I would prefer not to."Robert G. O'Meally is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of Literature at Columbia University, where he has served on the faculty for seventeen years; since 1999 he has been the director of Columbia's Center for Jazz Studies. He is the author of "The Craft of Ralph Ellison" and "Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday," and the principal writer of "Seeing Jazz," the catalog for the Smithsonian Institution's exhibit on jazz painting and literature.

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    More About Herman Melville & Robert G. O'Meally

    Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Herman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpieceM oby-Dick. Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.

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    Herman Melville lived in New York City, in the state of New York. Herman Melville was born in 1819 and died in 1891.

    Herman Melville has published or released items in the following series...

    1. Penguin Classics


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    Great collection and editon  Jul 3, 2008
    Great collection AND edition! A lot of Americans read the short stories Billy Bud, Bartleby,or Benito Cereno at some point in their college life, and rightly so. Growing up in Belgium I have to admit I associated Melville only with whales ...
     
    Fine edition at a super price  Jan 25, 2008
    This is a superb edition at an exceptionally affordable price. O'Meally's insightful Introduction brings Melville to life for 21st-century readers. By relating Melville's prose to jazz (one of O'Meally's special fields), the Introduction gives a sense of the complex "riffs" running through the prose.

    This edition will probably displace the Penguin edition in many college courses.
     

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