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March 7, 1999
Herman Melville(1819-1891)At the age of 22 Melville took a sailing voyage to the South Seas on which he joined a mutiny and was sent to a Tahitian jail. The experiences he gained from the trip provided material for his first two novels, "Typee" and "Omoo."Melville went on to write about the sea. His epic, "Moby-Dick," features a protagonist, Captain Ahab, in obsessive pursuit of a great white whale. The book was first published in London and in America a month later. "Moby-Dick" gave Melville's reputation acclaim only many years after his death.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2013
David Poyer is a retired naval officer, and most of the 34 thrillers that he's written draw on his experience serving in the waters of the Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, Caribbean and Persian Gulf. So it was inevitable that at some point he'd take on the whale of all tales, "Moby Dick. " But try as Poyer might, he couldn't figure out how to write the sequel to Herman Melville's great American novel. Then one day, while the 63-year-old Poyer was teaching a creative writing course at Pennsylvania's Wilkes University, the solution came to him in a flash: "When I'm brainstorming with students, my brain doubles its IQ after a short period of time from my usually reptilian torpor at home," the 63-year-old Poyer said in a telephone interview.
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By Bruce McCabe and Bruce McCabe,BOSTON GLOBE | December 3, 1995
"An odd act of literary liposuction" is how Daniel Zalewski describes in the December Lingua Franca what HarperCollins editor Hershel Parker performed on Herman Melville's arcane 1852 novel "Pierre, or The Ambiguities," which is coming soon to a mall near you.One 19th-century review was headlined "Herman Melville Crazy." HarperCollins decided the wordy novel needed to be made more accessible, leading to Mr. Parker's excision of an episode.The episode is the narrator's sudden, belated announcement, two-thirds of the way into the novel, that Pierre has a literary career, one that is, in Mr. Zalewski's words, "suspiciously similar to Melville's own."
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March 7, 1999
Herman Melville(1819-1891)At the age of 22 Melville took a sailing voyage to the South Seas on which he joined a mutiny and was sent to a Tahitian jail. The experiences he gained from the trip provided material for his first two novels, "Typee" and "Omoo."Melville went on to write about the sea. His epic, "Moby-Dick," features a protagonist, Captain Ahab, in obsessive pursuit of a great white whale. The book was first published in London and in America a month later. "Moby-Dick" gave Melville's reputation acclaim only many years after his death.
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By STANLEY TRACHTENBERG and STANLEY TRACHTENBERG,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 15, 1996
"Herman Melville: A Biography, Volume I, 1819-1851," by Hershel Parker. Johns Hopkins University Press. 941 pages. $39.95 Herman Melville is one of those major literary figures who is no longer read, only studied. The same fate seems likely to overtake Hershel Parker's monumental biography.Is there anything left to say about this difficult, obscure, ultimately philosophical writer who began with adventure tales of the South Seas (his editor called him "the Defoe of the ocean") and ended with such sardonic works as "The Confidence Man" '' or the moral ambiguity of "Billy Budd"?
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By RAY FRAGER | December 4, 1992
A ratings tale: Ask not to whom the shares goTelevision ratings are a recurring theme in American literature.There was Herman Melville ("Call me Nielsen."), Edgar Allan Poe ("Take Mister Spock from out my set, and Captain Kirk from off my floor. Quoth the ratings 'Nevermore.' "), Joyce Kilmer ("I think that I shall never see a share much larger than 73.") and even Allen Ginsberg ("I have seen the best shows of my generation destroyed by poor time slots, starving for an audience, dragging themselves through pre-emption after pre-emption.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | April 21, 2013
David Poyer is a retired naval officer, and most of the 34 thrillers that he's written draw on his experience serving in the waters of the Atlantic, Arctic, Pacific, Caribbean and Persian Gulf. So it was inevitable that at some point he'd take on the whale of all tales, "Moby Dick. " But try as Poyer might, he couldn't figure out how to write the sequel to Herman Melville's great American novel. Then one day, while the 63-year-old Poyer was teaching a creative writing course at Pennsylvania's Wilkes University, the solution came to him in a flash: "When I'm brainstorming with students, my brain doubles its IQ after a short period of time from my usually reptilian torpor at home," the 63-year-old Poyer said in a telephone interview.
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By The Writer's Life | March 29, 1998
(1819-1891) was born into a once-prominent New York family, that later found themselves impoverished. He tried several occupations, including clerking at a bank and teaching, before taking to a life at sea. At various times he worked as a harpooner and lived among cannibals.In his lifetime he had only a small following and supported his family during the second half of his life as a farmer and then as a customs inspector. It wasn't until some 30 years after his death that he was recognized as a great American writer.
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November 14, 2007
Nov. 14 1851 Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick was first published in the United States. 1969 Apollo 12 blasted off for the moon.
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By Arthur Hirsch and Arthur Hirsch,SUN STAFF | November 16, 1997
In January 1936, William Faulkner had just completed his latest novel and begun his latest drinking binge. He handed the new manuscript to a friend and said, "I want you to read this. ... I think it's the best novel yet written by an American."It sounded like the bourbon talking, but Faulkner was right. Still is. The fellow whom Faulkner had met while working for Warner Bros. held in his hands the world's only copy of what would become - after some revision -"Absalom, Absalom!", the publication of which should have by now settled the question of what is The Great American Novel.
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By The Writer's Life | March 29, 1998
(1819-1891) was born into a once-prominent New York family, that later found themselves impoverished. He tried several occupations, including clerking at a bank and teaching, before taking to a life at sea. At various times he worked as a harpooner and lived among cannibals.In his lifetime he had only a small following and supported his family during the second half of his life as a farmer and then as a customs inspector. It wasn't until some 30 years after his death that he was recognized as a great American writer.
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By STANLEY TRACHTENBERG and STANLEY TRACHTENBERG,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 15, 1996
"Herman Melville: A Biography, Volume I, 1819-1851," by Hershel Parker. Johns Hopkins University Press. 941 pages. $39.95 Herman Melville is one of those major literary figures who is no longer read, only studied. The same fate seems likely to overtake Hershel Parker's monumental biography.Is there anything left to say about this difficult, obscure, ultimately philosophical writer who began with adventure tales of the South Seas (his editor called him "the Defoe of the ocean") and ended with such sardonic works as "The Confidence Man" '' or the moral ambiguity of "Billy Budd"?
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By Bruce McCabe and Bruce McCabe,BOSTON GLOBE | December 3, 1995
"An odd act of literary liposuction" is how Daniel Zalewski describes in the December Lingua Franca what HarperCollins editor Hershel Parker performed on Herman Melville's arcane 1852 novel "Pierre, or The Ambiguities," which is coming soon to a mall near you.One 19th-century review was headlined "Herman Melville Crazy." HarperCollins decided the wordy novel needed to be made more accessible, leading to Mr. Parker's excision of an episode.The episode is the narrator's sudden, belated announcement, two-thirds of the way into the novel, that Pierre has a literary career, one that is, in Mr. Zalewski's words, "suspiciously similar to Melville's own."
SPORTS
By RAY FRAGER | December 4, 1992
A ratings tale: Ask not to whom the shares goTelevision ratings are a recurring theme in American literature.There was Herman Melville ("Call me Nielsen."), Edgar Allan Poe ("Take Mister Spock from out my set, and Captain Kirk from off my floor. Quoth the ratings 'Nevermore.' "), Joyce Kilmer ("I think that I shall never see a share much larger than 73.") and even Allen Ginsberg ("I have seen the best shows of my generation destroyed by poor time slots, starving for an audience, dragging themselves through pre-emption after pre-emption.
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November 14, 1995
Today in history: Nov. 14In 1851, Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick" was first published in the United States.In 1881, Charles J. Guiteau went on trial for assassinating President Garfield. Guiteau was convicted and hanged the following year.In 1889, inspired by Jules Verne, New York World reporter Nellie Bly (Elizabeth Cochrane) set out to travel around the world in fewer than 80 days. She succeeded, making the trip in 72 days.In 1922, the British Broadcasting Corporation began its domestic radio service.
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January 25, 1999
Thomas Clifton Mann , 87, former U.S. ambassador to Mexico and El Salvador, died Saturday in Austin, Texas.Irene Seiberling Harrison, 108, whose father founded Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., died Thursday. In 1898, she pulled the switch that signaled the start of her father's company in Akron, Ohio.Victor Stello Jr., 64, a nuclear power regulator who played a key role in the response to the 1979 accident at the Three Mile Island nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pa., died of cancer Friday at his home in Potomac.
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