Herman Melville


A picture of the author Herman Melville

Herman Melville belongs to the group of artists whose works grew in importance and stature after his death. Born in 1819, he published Moby Dick; or The Whale in 1851, the year before Harriet Beecher Stowe was to publish Uncle Tom's Cabin and the year after Nathanial Hawthorne published The Scarlet Letter.

Unlike his contemporaries, Melville's career faded after the publication of Moby Dick; or The Whale and he was actually considered a failure when he passed away in 1891. Fortunately, his work was widely recognized after his death and Melville has taken his place amongst the literary giants.

Melville dedicated Moby Dick to Nathaniel Hawthorne writing: "In token of my admiration for his genius, this book is inscribed to Nathaniel Hawthorne."