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Herman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.

Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.

Nathaniel Philbrick, is a leading authority on the history of Nantucket Island. His In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award. His latest book is Sea of Glory, about the epic U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. His other books include Away off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890 (which Russell Baker called "indispensable") and Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legend of Nantucket Island ("a classic of historical truthtelling," according to Stuart Frank, director of the Kendall Whaling Museum). He has written an introduction to a new edition of Joseph Hart's Miriam Coffin, or The Whale Fisherman, a Nantucket novel (first published in 1834) that Melville relied upon for information about the island when writing Moby Dick.

Philbrick, a champion sailboat racer, has also written extensively about sailing, including The Passionate Sailor (1987) and the forthcoming Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor's Odyssey. He was editor in chief of the classic Yaahting: A Parody (1984).

In his role as director of the Egan Institute of Maritime Studies, Philbrick, who is also a research fellow at the Nantucket Historical Association, gives frequent talks about Nantucket and sailing. He has appeared on "NBC Today Weekend," A&E's "Biography" series, and National Public Radio and has served as a consultant for the movie "Moby Dick," shown on the USA Network. He received a bachelor of Arts from Brown University and a Master of Arts in American Literature from Duke. He lives on Natucket with his wife and two children.

Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Classic Starts (R): Moby-Dick By Herman Melville
Classic Starts (R): Moby-Dickby Herman Melville
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Billy Budd & Other Stories By Herman Melville
Billy Budd & Other Storiesby Herman Melville
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Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Tales By Herman Melville
Billy Budd, Sailor and Selected Talesby Herman Melville
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Moby-Dick By Herman Melville
Moby-Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Bartleby and Benito Cereno By Herman Melville
Bartleby and Benito Cerenoby Herman Melville
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Moby-Dick By Herman Melville
Moby-Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby-Dick By Herman Melville
Moby-Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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The Maldive Shark By Herman Melville
The Maldive Sharkby Herman Melville
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Moby-Dick By Herman Melville
Moby-Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby-Dick By Herman Melville
Moby-Dickby Herman Melville
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Taipi (Grossdruck) By Herman Melville
Taipi (Grossdruck)by Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Bartleby By Herman Melville
Bartlebyby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick (AmazonClassics Edition) By Herman Melville
Moby Dick (AmazonClassics Edition)by Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Pierre By Herman Melville
Pierreby Herman Melville
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The Confidence-Man By Herman Melville
The Confidence-Manby Herman Melville
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The Confidence-Man and Billy Budd, Sailor By Herman Melville
The Confidence-Man and Billy Budd, Sailorby Herman Melville
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Moby-Dick By Herman Melville
Moby-Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby-Dick By Herman Melville
Moby-Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby-Dick By Herman Melville
Moby-Dickby Herman Melville
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Great Short Works Of Herman Melville By Herman Melville
Great Short Works Of Herman Melvilleby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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The Confidence-man By Herman Melville
The Confidence-manby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick (Modern Library) By Herman Melville
Moby Dick (Modern Library)by Herman Melville
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White-jacket By Herman Melville
White-jacketby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Billy Budd and Other Stories By Herman Melville
Billy Budd and Other Storiesby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Billy Budd By Herman Melville
Billy Buddby Herman Melville
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Mod Lib Typee By Herman Melville
Mod Lib Typeeby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Billy Budd By Herman Melville
Billy Buddby Herman Melville
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The Enchanted Isles By Herman Melville
The Enchanted Islesby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Three American Poets By Herman Melville
Three American Poetsby Herman Melville
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Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Moby Dickby Herman Melville
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Bartleby, the Scrivener (Dodo Press) By Herman Melville
Bartleby, the Scrivener (Dodo Press)by Herman Melville
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