Free eBooks by Herman Melville

Herman Melville is the author of Typee (1920), Moby Dick (1902), Omoo, White-Jacket, White-Jacket; Or, The World in a Man-of-war and other 80 books.

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White-Jacket

White-Jacket
The graphic descriptions of flogging in this novel about the experiences of a U.S. Navy seaman led Congress to ban the practice.

White-Jacket; Or, The World in a Man-of-war

The Confidence-man

The Confidence-man
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1857 Original Publisher: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans

The Piazza Tales

The Piazza Tales
This collection of short stories is the only such book published in Melville's lifetime. "Bartley the Scrivener," the collection's most famous story, concerns a clerk who works as a copyist for a well-to-do Manhattan lawyer. Bartleby steadfastly refuses to perform any of the tasks required by his job and his reply, "I would prefer not to," comes to haunt his employer. Today "Bartleby" is considered one of the most significant American short stories and a precursor to the absurdist fiction of Franz Kafka. Also notable is the novella "Benito Cereno." The story concerns a slave rebellion on board a Spanish slave-trading ship in 1799 and is noted for its foreboding atmosphere and dark, complex plot. Another novella in the collection, "The Encantadas," offers a philosophical look at the Galápagos Islands.

Israel Potter

Israel Potter
This is Melville's Classic tale of a man that was exiled for fifty years.

White-jacket; Or, The World in the Man-of-war

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