- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New impression edition (25 Jun. 1970)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140430296
- ISBN-13: 978-0140430295
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,188,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Billy Budd (English Library) Paperback – 25 Jun 1970
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About the Author
Herman Melville is the author of MOBY DICK. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
For Independence Day, 2015, I found myself rereading Melville's novel, "Billy Budd, Sailor". Melville was working on this book at the time of his death in 1891 and his near-final draft remained unpublished. Scholars discovered the manuscript in the 1920s, and its first publication in 1928 was critical in the discovery of Melville and in his literary reputation. Late in his life, Melville remembered his friend Jack Chase. Melville dedicated "Billy Budd" to "Jack Chase, Englishman", "Wherever that great heart may no be. Here on Earth or harbored in Paradise. Captain of the Maintop in the year 1843 in the U.S. Frigate United States"
"Billy Budd, Sailor" is a difficult, deep short philosophical novel written in a gnarled prose. It has religious themes of the fall of man and of the moral law, but there is no God. The book is about the beauty of innocence and its fate in the world. The book also considers the too-easy invocation of rights in a world of complexity .Read more ›