Profession: Moby Dick Author
Why Famous: American novelist, poet, and writer of short stories. Contributions to the Western canon include the whaling novel "Moby-Dick" (1851); the short work "Bartleby, the Scrivener" (1853) about a clerk in a Wall Street office; the slave ship narrative "Benito Cereno" (1855); and "Billy Budd, Sailor" (1924).
- 1847-08-04 Author of Moby-Dick, American novelist Herman Melville (28) marries Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
- 1851-11-14 "Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville first published by Harper and Brothers in the US
- 1857-04-01 Herman Melville publishes The Confidence-Man
- "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."