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Acquisitions (14): Herman Melville



Herman Melville: The Complete Shorter Fiction (2012)




Joseph Oriel Eaton: Herman Melville (1870)


[Acquired: Thursday, 18 January, 2018]:



  1. Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Uncompleted Writings: Billy Budd, Sailor; Weeds and Wildlings; Parthenope; Uncollected Prose; Uncollected Poetry. Ed. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, Robert A. Sandberg & G. Thomas Tanselle. Historical Note by Hershel Parker. The Writings of Herman Melville: the Northwestern–Newberry Edition, vol. 13. Evanston & Chicago: Northwestern University Press & The Newberry Library, 2017.

  2. Melville, Herman. The Complete Shorter Fiction. Introduced by Jay Parini. Illustrated by Bill Bragg. London: The Folio Society, 2012.

  3. Melville, Herman. Pierre, Israel Potter, The Piazza Tales, The Confidence-Man, Tales & Billy Budd. 1852, 1855, 1856, 1857, 1922 & 1924. Ed. Harrison Hayford. The Library of America, 24. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1985.

  4. Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative). Edited from the Manuscript with Introduction and Notes. 1891 & 1924. Ed. Harrison Hayford & Merton M. Sealts, Jr. 1962. A Phoenix Book. Chicago & London: The University Of Chicago Press, 1970.



Herman Melville: Complete Fiction (Library of America, vol. 3)


Today I bought a beautiful Folio Society Edition of Herman Melville's Complete Shorter Fiction in Devonport. Earlier this month I received the last remaining volume of the Northwestern Newberry edition of Melville's complete works in the post, vol. 13, his unpublished works. These supplement the earlier versions of Billy Budd and the Piazza Tales which I had in the 1962 Hayford/Sealts edition and the Library of America, respectively.



Do I need all of them? Well, clearly the three-volume Library of America edition of his complete fiction is indispensable. But then so are the various supplementary volumes of the Northwestern-Newberry edition of his poetry, letters and journals, which I list below. The Hayford/Sealts edition of Billy Budd is a landmark, the first really authoritative attempt to make sense of a very complex, unfinished manuscript. So, yes, I need that, too (even the Northwestern-Newberry editors have not departed very far from the Hayford/Sealts text - though they have expanded on it in some respects). What about the Folio Society edition of the short stories? That will have to get by on its sheer beauty. Textually, it represents no advance on the presentation of the stories in the Library of America.

The Writings of Herman Melville. The Northwestern–Newberry Edition. Evanston & Chicago: Northwestern University Press & The Newberry Library, 1968-2017.
  1. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (1968)
  2. Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas (1968)
  3. Mardi, and a Voyage Thither (1970)
  4. Redburn: His First Voyage (1969)
  5. White Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War (1970)
  6. Moby Dick, or The Whale (1988)
  7. Pierre, or The Ambiguities (1971)
  8. Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile (1982)
  9. The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces, 1839-1860 (1987)
  10. The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (1984)
  11. Published Poems: Battle Pieces; John Marr; Timoleon (2009)
  12. Clarel: a Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (1991)
  13. Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Uncompleted Writings (2017)
  14. Correspondence (1993)
  15. Journals (1989)

[I've marked in bold the ones I have]



  1. Melville, Herman. Mardi, and A Voyage Thither. 1849. Ed. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker & G. Thomas Tanselle. The Writings of Herman Melville: the Northwestern–Newberry Edition, vol. 3. Evanston & Chicago: Northwestern University Press & The Newberry Library, 1970.

  2. Melville, Herman. The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces, 1839-1860. 1856. Historical Note by Merton M. Sealts, Jr. 1981. Ed. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, G. Thomas Tanselle et al. The Writings of Herman Melville: the Northwestern–Newberry Edition, vol. 9. Evanston & Chicago: Northwestern University Press & The Newberry Library, 1987.

  3. Melville, Herman. Published Poems: Battle Pieces; John Marr; Timoleon. 1866, 1888 & 1891. Ed. Robert C. Ryan, Harrison Hayford, Alma MacDougall Reising & G. Thomas Tanselle. Historical Note by Hershel Parker. The Writings of Herman Melville: the Northwestern–Newberry Edition, vol. 11. Evanston & Chicago: Northwestern University Press & The Newberry Library, 2009.

  4. Melville, Herman. Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land. 1876. Ed. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, Hershel Parker & G. Thomas Tanselle. The Writings of Herman Melville: the Northwestern–Newberry Edition, vol. 12. Evanston & Chicago: Northwestern University Press & The Newberry Library, 1991.

  5. Melville, Herman. Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Uncompleted Writings: Billy Budd, Sailor; Weeds and Wildlings; Parthenope; Uncollected Prose; Uncollected Poetry. Ed. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, Robert A. Sandberg & G. Thomas Tanselle. Historical Note by Hershel Parker. The Writings of Herman Melville: the Northwestern–Newberry Edition, vol. 13. Evanston & Chicago: Northwestern University Press & The Newberry Library, 2017.

  6. Melville, Herman. Correspondence. Ed. Lynn Horth. The Writings of Herman Melville: the Northwestern–Newberry Edition, vol. 14. Evanston & Chicago: Northwestern University Press & The Newberry Library, 1993.

  7. Melville, Herman. Journals. Ed. Howard C. Horsford & Lynn Horth. The Writings of Herman Melville: the Northwestern–Newberry Edition, vol. 15. Evanston & Chicago: Northwestern University Press & The Newberry Library, 1989.



Herman Melville: The Complete Shorter Fiction (2012)




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