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November 14, 2012

Moby-Dick “So Much Trash”

Filed under: Today in Literature — Tags: , , , — Bookblurb @ 6:15 am

Herman Melville (1819 – 1891)

On this day in 1851 Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick was published in the United States. The British edition had been published the previous month, with a botched ending; the American edition corrected this, but even if the American reviewers read to the end they sided with the British: “…so much trash belonging to the worst school of Bedlam literature.” Many see the book’s reception as a turning-point in Melville’s life.

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