- Full Name: Herman Melville
- Pseudonyms: L.A.V.; Salvator R. Tarnmoor
- Birth: August 01,1819
- Place of Birth: New York City, USA
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Nationality: American
- Death: September 28, 1891
- Cause of Death: Unknown
- Buried at: He is buried beside his wife in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx
- Father: Allan Melvill (1782–1832)
- Mother: Maria Gansevoort Melvill (1791–1872)
- Brother: Gansevoort Melville (1815-1846)
- Sister: Helen Maria Melville Griggs (1817-1888)
- Sister: Augusta Melville (1821-1876)
- Brother: Allan Melville (1823-1872)
- Sister: Catherine Gansevoort Melville Hoadley (1825-1905)
- Sister: Frances Priscilla Melville (1827-1885)
- Brother: Thomas Melville (1830-1884)
- Spouse: Elizabeth Knapp Shaw (1822–1906)
- Son: Malcolm Melville (1849-1867)
- Son: Stanwix Melville (1851-1886)
- Daughter: Elizabeth Melville (1853-1908)
- Daughter: Frances Melville (1855-1938)
- Known for: his ability to probe deep into the human psyche
- Allegation: NA
- Influenced: William Faulkner, Cormac McCarthy, Jorge Luis Borges, D. H. Lawrence, Cornel West
- Influences: William Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Thomas Carlyle, Luís de Camões
Quote:"With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me." Herman Melville, “Moby Dick”
|Title of Novel||Published|
|Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life||1846|
|Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas||1847|
|Mardi: And a Voyage Thither||1849|
|Redburn: His First Voyage||1849|
|White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War||1850|
|Moby-Dick; or, The Whale||1851|
|Pierre: or, The Ambiguities||1852|
|Isle of the Cross||1853(?)|
|Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile||1855|
|The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade||1857|
|Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative)||1924|
|Title of Short Story||Published|
|"Bartleby, the Scrivener"||1853|
|"The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles"||1854|
|"Poor Man's Pudding and Rich Man's Crumbs"||1854|
|"The Happy Failure"||1854|
|"The Lightning-Rod Man"||1854|
|"The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids"||1855|
|"I and My Chimney"||1856|
|"The Apple-Tree Table"||1856|
|"The Two Temples"||1924|
Did You Know?
- Melville was the third of eight children.
- Melville Married Elizabeth Shaw in 1847.
- His masterpiece Moby Dick (1851) was a commercial failure but it became a masterpiece posthumously.
- After his father’s death, Melville’s mother supplemented the “e” at the end of the family name.
- Melville's writing was greatly influenced from his travels at sea.
- His father was a successful importer of dry goods.
- When Melville was 12, his father entered into bankruptcy and died suddenly.
- After his father’s death Melville worked in his uncle’s farm, clerked in a local bank, and taught at local schools to support his family.
- Melville was not financially successful as a writer, having earned just over $10,000 for his writing during his lifetime.
- When Melville deceased, his death was noted in only one local newspaper.
- Melville was aligned with the greatest American writers after his demise (not until 20th century).