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The Resource Pierre, or, The ambiguities, Herman Melville

Pierre, or, The ambiguities, Herman Melville

Label
Pierre, or, The ambiguities
Title
Pierre, or, The ambiguities
Statement of responsibility
Herman Melville
Title variation
  • Pierre
  • Ambiguities
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • This Kraken Edition of Pierre, or The Ambiguities is a reconstruction of the text that Melville delivered to Harper & Brothers early in January 1852, just as some of the most devastating reviews of Moby-Dick were appearing. The Harper brothers apparently decided that Pierre was even more outrageous than Moby-Dick and tried to avoid publishing it by offering Melville less than half the royalties they had paid for his previous books. Accepting the humiliating contract, Melville took a self-destructive revenge. After Book XVI, he interpolated a new section on "Young America in Literature," in which he arbitrarily announced that his hero, Pierre, had been a juvenile author. Melville proceeded to add an intrusive "Pierre as author" sub-plot, disparaging American literary life and the world of publishing, which he left unassimilated into the book he had first completed
  • Melville scholar Hershel Parker has long believed that the psychological stature of Moby-Dick would best be understood in the light of the original, shorter version of Pierre, in his opinion "surely the finest psychological novel anyone had yet written in English." Moby-Dick and the reconstructed Pierre are at last revealed as complexly interlinked companion studies of the moods of thought - the Typee and Omoo of depth psychology. Furthermore, all Melville lovers will be challenged by Maurice Sendak's extraordinary pictures, which constitute a brilliantly provocative interpretation of Melville's study of moral and mental ambiguities
Cataloging source
DLC
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1819-1891
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Melville, Herman
Dewey number
813/.3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS2384
LC item number
.P5 1995
Literary form
fiction
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Sendak, Maurice
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  • Male authors
  • Men
  • Male authors
  • Male authors
Label
Pierre, or, The ambiguities, Herman Melville
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33815745
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
  • The Kraken ed, 1st ed. /
  • edited by Hershel Parker ; pictures by Maurice Sendak.
Extent
xlvi, 449 pages
Isbn
9780061180095
Lccn
95079434
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
UMKC: Z Coll. copy with bookplate signed by the illustrator ; forms part of the B. Blaine Pennington Collection.
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)33815745
Label
Pierre, or, The ambiguities, Herman Melville
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
33815745
Dimensions
20 cm
Edition
  • The Kraken ed, 1st ed. /
  • edited by Hershel Parker ; pictures by Maurice Sendak.
Extent
xlvi, 449 pages
Isbn
9780061180095
Lccn
95079434
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
UMKC: Z Coll. copy with bookplate signed by the illustrator ; forms part of the B. Blaine Pennington Collection.
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)33815745

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