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Melville

Herman. 1819--91, US novelist and short-story writer. Among his works, Moby Dick (1851) and Billy Budd (written 1891, published 1924) are outstanding

Melville

 

an island in the Timor Sea, off the northern coast of Australia. Area, about 6,200 sq km. Population, about 500. Elevation, to 258 m. The island is covered with mixed deciduous-evergreen monsoon forest.


Melville

 

an island in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago (in the Queen Elizabeth Islands). Area, about 43,000 sq km. Com-posed of ancient crystalline rocks, the island has strongly dissected topography. Elevation, to 1,080 m. The shores are steep and deeply indented by gulfs and bays. The vegetation is that of the arctic desert. The island is uninhabited.


Melville

 

a peninsula in northern Canada between Foxe Basin in the east and Committee Bay in the west. The surface is a hilly peneplain on a crystalline foundation. Elevation, to 558 m. The vegetation is chiefly moss-lichen tundra. The Eskimo settlement of Repulse Bay is located in the south.

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Melville

 

a bay of Baffin Bay, off the western coast of Green-land. Width at the entrance, about 300 km. Maximum depth, more than 1,000 m. The coast of one-third of the bay is formed by inland ice, from which numerous icebergs break off.

References in classic literature ?
The condition of my right hand obliges me to dictate this to my son; but painful as it is to me to hold a pen, I cannot suffer this letter to reach the hands of a man of so admirable genitis as Herman Melville without begging him to believe me to be, with my own hand, his most respectful and hearty admirer, W.
It should be noted here that Melville's increased reputation in England at the period of this letter was chiefly owing to a series of articles on his work written by Mr.
Richard Henry Stoddard, of American writers, specially knew and appreciated Herman Melville. Mr.
Melville died at his home in New York City early on the morning of September 28, 1891.
At any rate, the book was accepted by him on the assurance of Gansevoort Melville that it contained nothing not actually experienced by his brother.
Melville, in a letter to Hawthorne, speaks of himself as having no development at all until his twenty-fifth year, the time of his return from the Pacific; but surely the process of development must have been well advanced to permit of so virile and artistic a creation as 'Typee.' While the narrative does not always run smoothly, yet the style for the most part is graceful and alluring, so that we pass from one scene of Pacific enchantment to another quite oblivious of the vast amount of descriptive detail which is being poured out upon us.
The manuscript was printed in a complete form in England, and created much discussion on this account, Melville being accused of bitterness; but he asserted his lack of prejudice.
The success of his first volume encouraged Melville to proceed in his work, and 'Omoo,' the sequel to 'Typee,' appeared in England and America in l847.
Melville's power in describing and investing with romance scenes and incidents witnessed and participated in by himself, and his frequent failure of success as an inventor of characters and situations, were early pointed out by his critics.
In'White-Jacket; or, the World in a Man-of-War' (1850), Melville almost regained it.
Melville contributed several short stories to Putnam's Monthly and Harper's Magazine.
Melville's pen had rested for nearly ten years, when it was again taken up to celebrate the events of the Civil War.