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White Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War
White Jacket or The World in a Man-of-War Author:Herman Melville White Jacket, or The World in a Man-of-War, was understandably acclaimed for its authenticity when it was first published in 1850, since Herman Melville drew upon his own experiences serving on a U.S. Navy frigate in writing it. Also, the book's celebrated depiction of the horrors of corporal punishment was widely credited with influencing Congr... more »ess to prohibit flogging upon Naval vessels.
Yet while it is true that the book can be read as an involving account of life aboard the U.S.S. Neversink and the adventures that befall its officers and crew, there is something more here than a hearty tale of the sea. For already there are clear signs of the symbolism and powerful themes that would characterize Melville's greatest work, Moby Dick, published the following year in 1851.« less