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Israel Potter

Author : Herman Melville
ISBN : OXFORD:590672592
Genre : Exiles
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This is Melville's Classic tale of a man that was exiled for fifty years.
Category: Exiles

Israel Potter

Author : Herman Melville
ISBN : 0810105535
Genre : Fiction
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Unique among Melville's works, Israel Potter was the author's only historical novel, presuming to offer the life history of Revolutionary War figure Israel Potter--based on Potter's own obscure narrative Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter--and featuring characters such as Benjamin Franklin and Ethan Allen. In offering the manuscript to his publisher, Melville assured him, "I engage that the story shall contain nothing of any sort to shock the fastidious. There will be very little reflective writing in it; nothing weighty. It is adventure." This came as a relief, for his previous novel, Pierre, had shocked readers and brought down universal castigation. This edition is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America).
Category: Fiction

Israel Potter His Fifty Years Of Exile Annotated Edition

Author : Herman Melville
ISBN : 9783849603618
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This is the extended and annotated edition including an extensive biographical annotation about the author and his life. When Israel Potter leaves his plough to fight in the American Revolution, he's immediately thrown into the Battle of Bunker Hill, where he receives multiple wounds. However, this does not deter him, and after hearing a rousing speech by General George Washington, he volunteers for further duty, this time at sea, where more ill fortune awaits him. Israel is captured by the British Navy and taken to England. Yet, he makes his escape, and this triggers a series of extraordinary events and meetings with remarkable people. Along the way, Israel encounters King George III, who takes a liking to the Yankee rebel and shelters him in Kew Gardens; Benjamin Franklin, who presses Israel into service as a spy; John Paul Jones, who invites Israel to join his crew aboard The Ranger; and Ethan Allen, whom Israel attempts to free from a British prison. (from

Melville S Israel Potter

Author : Alexander Keyssar
ISBN : 0674564758
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Alexander Keyssar's study focuses on Melville's treatment of the social and existential condition of the American common man--his inability to realize the happiness promised by the American dream and the impurity of democracy in a society with marked economic classes. The author discusses the literary coherence--thematic rather than narrative--of Melville's work as illustrated by Israel Potter and as representative of the novelist's writing during the 1853-1856 period. He includes a brief analysis of Melville's conception of literary "truth" and a discussion of the peculiar role of comedy in the sad story of Israel Potter. Melville's insights into the political and social flaws of America "contain remarkable relevance for the contemporary reader."
Category: Literary Criticism

Pierre Or The Ambiguities Israel Potter

Author : Herman Melville
ISBN : 0940450240
Genre : Adventure stories, American
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Presents a selection of later work by Herman Melville, including novels, short stories, and uncollected prose such as reviews, magazine articles, and comic sketches.
Category: Adventure stories, American

Life And Remarkable Adventures Of Israel R Potter

Author : Israel Potter
ISBN : OSU:32435017848227
Genre : History
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Published in 1824, this short book details the adventures of a Rhode Island patriot who fought in the Battle of Bunker Hill, was captured by the British and taken to England. While imprisoned abroad, he met Benjamin Franklin and King George III.
Category: History

Herman Melville

Author : Harold Bloom
ISBN : 9781438113050
Genre : American literature
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Suggests that Melville's rejection of biblical theology finds powerful expression throughout all of his later fictional prose and his verse. This title gathers together some of the criticism on the works of Melville, including "Moby-Dick", "Typee", "Omoo", "The Piazza Tales", and "Benito Cereno".
Category: American literature

Loose Ends

Author : Russell J. Reising
ISBN : 0822318911
Genre : Literary Criticism
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In this study of American cultural production from the colonial era to the present, Russell Reising takes up the loose ends of popular American narratives to craft a new theory of narrative closure. In the range of works examined here—from Phillis Wheatley's poetry to Herman Melville's Israel Potter , from Henry James's "The Jolly Corner" to the Disney Studio's Dumbo—Reising finds endings that violate all existing theories of closure and narratives that expose the the often unarticulated issues that inspired these texts. Reising suggests that these "non-endings" entirely refocus the narrative structures they appear to conclude, accentuate the narrative stresses and ideological fissures that the texts seem to suppress, and reveal "shadow narratives" that trail alongside the dominant story line. He argues that unless the reader notices the ruptures in the closing moments of these works, the social and historical moments in which the narrative and the reader are embedded will be missed. This reading not only offers new interpretive possibilities, but also uncovers startling affinities between the poetry of Phillis Wheatley and the fiction of Henry James, between Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland and Melville's least-studied novel, and between Emily Dickinson's poem "I Started Early—Took My Dog" and Disney's animated classic. Pursuing the implications of these failed moments of closure, Reising elaborates on topics ranging from the roots of domestic violence and mass murder in early American religious texts to the pornographic imperative of mid-century nature writing, and from James's "descent" into naturalist and feminist fiction to Dumbo's explosive projection of commercial, racial, and political agendas for postwar U. S. culture.
Category: Literary Criticism

The Weaver God He Weaves

Author : Christopher Sten
ISBN : 0873385373
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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In this book, the author sets out to dispel the idea that Melville was an author of raw genius who knew, or cared little, about the art of the novel. Rather, he shows how Melville not only knew about the novelist's craft, but also appropriated and transformed a series of distinct genres.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

A Herman Melville Encyclopedia

Author : Robert L. Gale
ISBN : 0313290113
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Herman Melville is one of the most challenging authors of American literature. Known primarily as the author of Moby-Dick, he wrote several other novels, short stories, and poems. This volume is a comprehensive guide to his life and work. Included are hundreds of entries for his writings, characters, family members, friends, and acquaintances. The volume identifies characters from Melville's works, and entries on the most important topics include bibliographies.
Category: Literary Criticism

White Lies

Author : John Samson
ISBN : 0801422809
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Samson offers full contextual readings of Melville's five major narratives of facts—Typee, Omoo, Redburn, White-Jacket, and Israel Potter—demonstrating how Melville critically rewrote the sources on which he drew, making the genre itself a subject.
Category: Literary Criticism