The Piazza Tales (häftad)
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The Piazza Tales (häftad)

The Piazza Tales

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Herman Melville's The Piazza Tales is the only collection of short fiction that he published in hislifetime, and it includes his two most famous short stories, Bartleby, the Scrivener and Benito Cerenoalong with the less well-known but deeply engaging sketches of the Galapagos Islands that make up TheEncantadas and three more short stories: The Piazza, The Bell-Tower, and The Lightning-Rod Man. This edition places these stories in the context of nineteenth-century debates over slavery, free willand determinism, science and technology, and the nature and value of literary artistry. The stories in ThePiazza Tales demonstrate the global range of Melville's cultural and aesthetic concerns, as Melville sethis stories in locales ranging from rural western Massachusetts and Wall Street in the United States to thePacific coast of South America and southern Europe. This edition is especially concerned with Melville's engagement with both political questions related toslavery and imperialism and aesthetic questions germane to the short story tradition as developed by hisnear contemporaries Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe.
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"At last! Although the stories in The Piazza Tales have been collected and anthologized before, only in this version, with Brian Yothers's meticulous editing, general introduction, and selection of contextual readings, do we get the book Herman Melville envisioned--for twenty-first-century readers and students. Yothers presents a seasoned novelist, but an experimental writer of tales, laboring within a hectic magazine economy and changing literary history forever. He also exhibits a Melville who responds vigorously to contemporary debates over slavery, urbanization, capitalism, and changing gender roles, and who engages with nineteenth-century science, philosophy, and religion, as well as with a transatlantic cast of canonical and popular authors. Prepare to be delighted and surprised by a Melville you may not have known existed." -- Wyn Kelley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "In this new Broadview Press edition of Melville's original 1856 version of The Piazza Tales, Brian Yothers provides a valuable classroom edition that includes reviews, sources and allusions, and other contemporary writings on the art of the story, on slavery and inequality, on science and philosophy, and on other topics of importance to an understanding of the diverse worlds embodied in these tales. Yothers's illuminating introduction highlights the distinctive character of each of the stories while adroitly placing them in the context of Melville's personal history and career as a fiction writer and poet, making an eloquent case for reading all six stories together for their imaginative variety and skillful artistry. For teachers of Melville, this compact volume fills a long-standing need." -- Christopher Sten, George Washington University

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Brian Yothers is Frances Spatz Leighton Endowed Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso.


Appendix A: The Art of the Short Story and the Romance 1. Herman Melville, "Hawthorne and his Mosses" (1850) 2. Edgar Allan Poe, Rev. of Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice-Told Tales, Graham's, 1842 3. Rev. of The Piazza Tales in United States Democratic Review, September 1856 4. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Preface to The House of the Seven Gables (1851) Appendix B: Race, Slavery and Inequality 1. Amasa Delano, Narrative of Voyages and Travels in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, Comprising Three Voyages Round the World, Together With a Voyage of Survey and Discovery in the Pacific Ocean and Oriental Islands (1817) 2. Frederick Douglass, The Heroic Slave (1852) 3. George Lippard, New York, Its Upper Ten and Lower Million (1854) 4. John Quincy Adams, The United States v. The Amistad (1841) 5. The slave deck of the bark ""Wildfire,"" brought into Key West on April 30, 1860 Appendix C: Allusions to Poetry and the Bible 1. "Mariana," by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1830) 2. Matthew 5:38-48, The Bible, King James Version 3. Job 3:1-26, The Bible, King James Version 4. Judges 4:4-22, The Bible, King James Version Appendix D: Science and Philosophy 1. Charles Darwin, Journal of Researches Into the Geology and Natural History of the Various Countries Visited by H.M.S Beagle Under the Command of Captain Fitzroy, R.N. From 1832 to 1836 [October 1835] (1840) 2. Jonathan Edwards, Freedom of the Will (1754), Section V, Concerning the Notion of Liberty, and of Moral Agency 3. Joseph Priestley, The Doctrine of Philosophic Necessity Illustrated (1777)