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Billy Budd; The Piazza, Bartleby, Benito Cereno, The Lighning Rod Man, The Encantadas, The Bell-Tower, and the Town-Ho's Story
Billy Budd The Piazza Bartleby Benito Cereno The Lighning Rod Man The Encantadas The Bell-Tower and the Town-Ho's Story Author:Herman Melville Herman Melville's short stories, somewhat neglected during his lifetime, today are considered to be among the small library masterpieces of American FIction. — His imagination is inventive, ironic, and extraordinarily attuned to our times. His settings and themes are various:he limits of artistic creation; the opposition of innocence and evil; fe... more »ar of isolation; the inviolate sanctuary of the human heart. the fearfulness of and fascination with the "enchanted isles"; the ferocity of the white whale; calvinist hell fire and damnation.
Melville's stories, like his great novel Moby Dick, are unique in narrative method, profound in theme, and dull of delights at all levels. This collection includes not only Billy Budd (in a reading text based on the famous Harvard edition), but also all of the Piazza Tales, as well as "The Town-Ho's Story" from Moby Dick.« less