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Herman Melville

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville

Profession: Moby Dick Author

United States of America

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).

Born: August 1, 1819
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Star Sign: Leo

Died: September 28, 1891 (aged 72)

Married Life

  • 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

Events in the Life of Herman Melville

  • 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

Quotes by Herman Melville

  • "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."

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