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Redburn (Modern Library Classics)by Herman Melville
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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.
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.
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