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Drawn from Melvilles own adolescent experience aboard a merchant ship, Redburn charts the coming-of-age of Wellingborough Redburn, a young innocent who embarks on a crossing to Liverpool together with a roguish crew. Once in Liverpool, Redburn encounters the squalid conditions of the city and meets Harry Bolton, a bereft and damaged soul, who takes him on a tour of London that includes a scene of rococo decadence unlike anything else in Melvilles fiction. In her Introduction, Elizabeth Hardwick writes, “Redburn is rich in masterful portraits—a gallery of wild colors, pretensions and falsehoods, fleeting associations of unexpected tenderness. . . . Redburn is not a document; it is a work of art by the unexpected genius of a sailor, Herman Melville.”

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition of 1849.

Synopsis:

Drawn from Melville's own adolescent experience aboard a merchant ship, Redburn tells the story of Wellingborough Redburn, whose innocence is transformed into disenchantment at the hands of bullying and brutal shipmates and the squalid conditions in Liverpool. Taken from the authoritative first American edition, this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes newly commissioned notes.

About the Author

Elizabeth Hardwick is the author of many books and essays, including American Fictions (available from Modern Library Paperbacks) and Herman Melville. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375760044
Introduction:
Hardwick, Elizabeth
Author:
Hardwick, Elizabeth
Author:
Melville, Herman
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Sea & Ocean
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Seafaring life
Subject:
Sea stories
Subject:
Sailors
Subject:
Liverpool
Subject:
Autobiographical fiction
Subject:
Merchant mariners.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
2002
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
vol. 2
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
7.96x5.30x.90 in. .66 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Drawn from Melville's own adolescent experience aboard a merchant ship, Redburn tells the story of Wellingborough Redburn, whose innocence is transformed into disenchantment at the hands of bullying and brutal shipmates and the squalid conditions in Liverpool. Taken from the authoritative first American edition, this Modern Library Paperback Classic includes newly commissioned notes.
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