White jacket; or, The world in a man-of-war

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Dec 31, 1850
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A MUTE GOES ABOARD A BOAT ON THE MISSISSIPPI.

At sunrise on a first of April, there appeared, suddenly as Manco Capac at the lake Titicaca, a man in cream-colors, at the water-side in the city of St. Louis.

His cheek was fair, his chin downy, his hair flaxen, his hat a white fur one, with a long fleecy nap. He had neither trunk, valise, carpet-bag, nor parcel. No porter followed him. He was unaccompanied by friends. From the shrugged shoulders, titters, whispers, wonderings of the crowd, it was plain that he was, in the extremest sense of the word, a stranger.

In the same moment with his advent, he stepped aboard the favorite steamer Fidèle, on the point of starting for New Orleans. Stared at, but unsaluted, with the air of one neither courting nor shunning regard, but evenly pursuing the path of duty, lead it through solitudes or cities, he held on his way along the lower deck until he chanced to come to a placard nigh the captain's office, offering a reward for the capture of a mysterious impostor, supposed to have recently arrived from the East; quite an original genius in his vocation, as would appear, though wherein his originality consisted was not clearly given; but what purported to be a careful description of his person followed.

As if it had been a theatre-bill, crowds were gathered about the announcement, and among them certain chevaliers, whose eyes, it was plain, were on the capitals, or, at least, earnestly seeking sight of them from behind intervening coats; but as for their fingers, they were enveloped in some myth; though, during a chance interval, one of these chevaliers somewhat showed his hand in purchasing from another chevalier, ex-officio a peddler of money-belts, one of his popular safe-guards, while another peddler, who was still another versatile chevalier, hawked, in the thick of the throng, the lives of Measan, the bandit of Ohio, Murrel, the pirate of the Mississippi, and the brothers Harpe, the Thugs of the Green River country, in Kentucky—creatures, with others of the sort, one and all exterminated at the time, and for the most part, like the hunted generations of wolves in the same regions, leaving comparatively few successors; which would seem cause for unalloyed gratulation, and is such to all except those who think that in new countries, where the wolves are killed off, the foxes increase.
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* MOBY-DICK and other works are presented with their original illustrations
* images of how the novels first appeared, giving your eReader a taste of the original texts
* two short story collections
* the complete poetry collections
* the scarce poetry collection WEEDS AND WILDINGS, which Melville wrote for his wife - first time in digital print
* uncollected poetry section, with rare works
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PLEASE NOTE: Due to US copyright restrictions, BILLY BUDD, SAILOR and two short stories are not available in this collection. Once they enter the US public domain in 2020, they will be added to the eBook as a free update.

CONTENTS:

The Novels
TYPEE
OMOO
MARDI
REDBURN
WHITE-JACKET
MOBY-DICK
PIERRE
ISLE OF THE CROSS (lost novel - information only)
ISRAEL POTTER
THE CONFIDENCE-MAN

The Short Story Collections
THE PIAZZA TALES
THE APPLE-TREE TABLE AND OTHER SKETCHES

The Short Stories
LIST OF THE SHORT STORIES

The Poetry Collections
BATTLE PIECES AND ASPECTS OF THE WAR
CLAREL: A POEM AND PILGRIMAGE IN THE HOLY LAND
JOHN MARR AND OTHER SAILORS
TIMOLEON AND OTHER VENTURES
WEEDS AND WILDINGS, WITH A ROSE OR TWO

The Poems
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Essays
FRAGMENTS FROM A WRITING DESK
ETCHINGS OF A WHALING CRUISE REVIEW
AUTHENTIC ANECDOTES OF ‘OLD ZACK’
MR PARKMAN'S TOUR
COOPER'S NEW NOVEL
A THOUGHT ON BOOK-BINDING
HAWTHORNE AND HIS MOSSES

The Letters
SOME PERSONAL LETTERS OF HERMAN MELVILLE BY MEADE MINNIGERODE

The Criticism
THE BEST SEA-STORY EVER WRITTEN BY ARCHIBALD MACMECHAN
HERMAN MELVILLE'S MOBY DICK BY D. H. LAWRENCE
HERMAN MELVILLE'S TYPEE AND OMOO BY D. H. LAWRENCE
HERMAN MELVILLE BY VIRGINIA WOOLF

The Biography
HERMAN MELVILLE: MAN, MARINER AND MYSTIC BY RAYMOND WEAVER
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