Herman Melville


was an American author of the Romantic period who was also considered to be a transcendentalist. This meant that his focus was on nature and how we should live vicariously through nature and try to combat with nature.
was born in New York City on August 1st of 1819. He is the third child and second son of his father, Allan Melville, and mother, Maria Gansevoot. At age five or six he began attending the New-York Male High School. Upon competition of the New-York Male High School he attended the Columbia Grammar School in New York. At this time his father’s business is starting to fail so the family moves up state to Albany in October of 1930. Melville attended the Albany Academy from 1830 ...

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got a job on the whaling ship Acushnet in New Bedford Harbor but abandons ship at Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas. After spending a month as a captive of cannibals in Types, he escapes aboard the Lucy Ann and is sent ashore as a mutineer. He escaped there and ended up working on a potato farm. Later that year he leaves on the whaling ship Charles and Henry and is discharged on the Hawaiian Islands.

In 1843 Melville enlisted in the United States Navy in Honolulu. One year later he is discharged for unspecified reasons. In 1847 Herman Melville marries Elizabeth Shaw and moves to Manhattan to become a writer.

Many of his works were of what he had experienced or his opinions on certain issues. His fiction, though, seamed to be more of a regretfulness of what he had failed to do in his time on the sea. By looking at his job history his favorite thing was to be a sailor, but he couldn’t really hold on to one job for all that long.

Herman Melville was an extraordinary author in giving ...

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