I was just thinking about him recently. And Bartleby, too. Happy birthday, WPN2.
I recently finished Del Bianco's rivetting bio, Melville: His World and his Work
, which argues, among other things, that the modernity of New York City created Bartleby and B. Budd, among other things. (I also was speculating recently on whether B. Budd is the tale of Melville's passion for Hawthorne, with Captain Vere as Hawthorne and B. Budd as Melville.)
Just scored a $9 second hand hard back of Taylor Branch's Parting the Waters
which opens with a tour de force reclamation from the obscurity of history of the fabulous Vernon Johns. oneroom
is telling me why I should be a pacifist -- it's more practical -- and says Branch calls the early civil rights activists the rocket scientists of democracy; and that it's only just begun. It's not over. Also per OR, reading Gene Sharp: The Politics of Nonviolent Action
Also The Waves
, Virginia Woolf, which I could not understand when I was young, and which now reads to me crystal clear, the way all novels should be. I get every word. It's not hard.
Also, one of the 10 books that has rocked my world, The Discovery of Childhood in Puritan England
by C. JOhn Sommerville. Previous to that, neither women, children nor slaves had souls.
Thanks for this wonderful festschrift.