Synopses & Reviews
Melville's short stories are masterpieces and are best appreciated on more than one level. Those presented in this collection are rich with symbolism and spiritual depth, showing the timeless power of his writing.
Wordsworth Classics covers a huge list of beloved works of literature in English and translations. This growing series is rigorously updated, with scholarly introductions and notes added to new titles.
"Billy Budd, Foretopman" is a tale of satanic treachery, tragedy and pathos that explores human relationships and the nature of man-made justice. The other tales in this collection show the poetic power of Melville's writing as he uses the disguise of allegory in various ways and to various ends.