Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 26, 1996 - Literary Criticism - 312 pages
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Melville's City argues that Melville's relationship to the city is considerably more complex than has generally been believed. By placing him in the historical and cultural context of nineteenth-century New York, Kelley presents a Melville who borrows from the colorful cultural variety of the city while at the same time investigating its darker and more dangerous social aspects. Through examination of works spanning Melville's career, she forges a new analysis of the connections between urban and literary form.

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Wyn Kelley is Senior Lecturer in the Literature Faculty at MIT. The author of "Melville's City: Literary and Urban Form in Nineteenth-Century New York" (1996) and "A Short Guide to Herman Melville" (Blackwell Publishing, forthcoming), she is also Associate Editor of the Melville Society journal "Leviathan,

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