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  2. Herman Melville - Wikipedia

    Herman Melville (born Melvill; August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. Among his best-known works are Moby-Dick (1851); Typee (1846), a romanticized account of his experiences in Polynesia ; and Billy Budd, Sailor , a posthumously published novella .

  3. Herman Melville | Books, Facts, & Biography | Britannica

    Herman Melville, (born August 1, 1819, New York City—died September 28, 1891, New York City), American novelist, short-story writer, and poet, best known for his novels of the sea, including his masterpiece, Moby Dick (1851). Heritage and youth

  4. Herman Melville was born in New York City on August 1, 1819, and raised in upstate New York. After his merchant father, Allan, died, leaving the family in penury, Melville attempted to support his family by working various jobs, from banking to teaching school. It was his adventures as a seaman in 1845 that inspired Melville to write.

  5. The Life of Herman Melville | American Experience | PBS

    Born to a New York City merchant in 1819, Melville fought for a greatness that would not be realized during his lifetime. Melville's father supported his seven children importing French dry...

  6. Herman Melville - Books, Quotes & Moby Dick - Biography

    Name: Herman Melville Birth Year: 1819 Birth date: August 1, 1819 Birth State: New York Birth City: New York Birth Country: United States Gender: Male Best Known For: Celebrated American author...

  7. Biography of Herman Melville, American Novelist - ThoughtCo

    Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American writer. A consummate adventurer, Melville wrote about ocean voyages with rigorous detail. His most famous work, Moby-Dick, was unappreciated during his lifetime, but has since come to the fore as one of America’s greatest novels.

  8. Herman Melville | Poetry Foundation

    Novelist, short story writer, and poet Herman Melville is best known for his novels of the sea, especially Moby-Dick and Billy Budd. Though his poetry is read less frequently, critics argue that it too is historically significant, thematically complex, and highly crafted.