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Herman Melville

Herman Melville was the celebrated author of several big 19th-century novels about the sea, most importantly the novel Moby Dick. His first novel was Typee. Published in 1846, it recounted his…

Fairhaven

(Encyclopedia) Fairhaven, residential town (1990 pop. 16,132), Bristol co., SE Mass., at the mouth of the Acushnet River on Buzzards Bay, opposite New Bedford; settled 1670, set off…

New Bedford

(Encyclopedia) New Bedford, city (1990 pop. 99,922), seat of Bristol co., SE Mass., at the mouth of the Acushnet River on Buzzard's Bay; settled 1640, set off from Dartmouth 1787,…

Hardwick, Elizabeth

(Encyclopedia) Hardwick, Elizabeth, 1916–2007, American literary critic, novelist, and short-story writer, b. Lexington, Ky.; grad Univ. of Kentucky (B.A., 1938; M.A., 1939). She moved…

Marquesas Islands

(Encyclopedia) Marquesas Islands märkā´säs [key], volcanic group (2002 pop. 8,712), South Pacific, a part of French Polynesia . There are 12 islands in the group, which lies c.…

Starbuck

Starbuck is a character in the 1851 novel Moby-Dick by author Herman Melville. Strong and steady, Starbuck serves as first mate on the whaling ship Pequod under the command of the mad Captain Ahab…

Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick is the enormous white whale who torments Captain Ahab in the Herman Melville novel Moby-Dick (1851). Ahab is obsessed with finding and killing Moby-Dick, having lost a leg in a previous…

1951 National Book Awards

William FaulknerArchive PhotosFictionThe Collected Stories of William Faulkner, William FaulknerNonfictionHerman Melville, Newton ArvinPoetryThe Auroras of Autumn, Wallace Stevens

Moby Biography

Moby(Richard Melville Hall)singer, songwriterBorn: 9/11/1965Birthplace: New York City Moby is widely praised for bringing techno music to mainstream American and British audiences. Raised in…

novel

(Encyclopedia) novel, in modern literary usage, a sustained work of prose fiction a volume or more in length. It is distinguished from the short story and the fictional sketch,…