Treasure of World Masterpieces (Moby Dick, The Confidence Man, The Piazza Tales, Billy Budd )- Herman Melville
Treasure of World Masterpieces (Moby Dick, The Confidence Man, The Piazza Tales, Billy Budd )- Herman Melville
Treasure of World Masterpieces (Moby Dick, The Confidence Man, The Piazza Tales, Billy Budd )- Herman Melville
Treasure of World Masterpieces (Moby Dick, The Confidence Man, The Piazza Tales, Billy Budd )- Herman Melville
Treasure of World Masterpieces (Moby Dick, The Confidence Man, The Piazza Tales, Billy Budd )- Herman Melville
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Moby Dick:

A masterpiece of storytelling, this epic saga pits Ahab, a brooding and fantastical sea captain, against the great white whale that crippled him. In telling the tale of Ahab's passion for revenge and the fateful voyage that ensued, Melville produced far more than the narrative of a hair-raising journey; Moby-Dick is a tale for the ages that sounds the deepest depths of the human soul.

The Confidence-Man:

Male, female, deft, fraudulent, constantly shifting: which of the masquerade of passengers on the Mississippi steamboat Fidele is the confidence man? The central motif of Melville's last and most modern novel can be seen as a symbol of American cultural history.


The Piazza Tales:

Included in this Herman Melville collection are six tales that range considerably -- from "The Encantadas" (an allegorical travelogue) to the haunting "Bartleby, the Scrivener." Opening the volume is "The Piazza," a pastoral sketch that frames the collection. "Benito Cereno" -- a subversive satire -- of grows out of a true story of mutiny among the enslaved . . .

Billy Budd:

Herman Melville’s final masterpiece, found unpublished on his desk at his death.

In it, Melville returns to the sea to tell the story of Billy, a cheerful, hard working, and handsome young sailor, conscripted to work against his will on another ship, where he soon finds himself persecuted by Claggart, the paranoid master-at-arms. As things escalate beyond the naive Billy’s control, tragedy looms on the horizon like Melville’s great white whale, and the story become Melville’s final, sublime plunge into the classic tussle between civilization and chaos, between oppression and freedom, as well as the book in which he discusses homosexuality most openly.

Please note this copy has light scuffs on the edges of the covers and has beautiful gilded page edges

ISBN: 0706421183

Size: Leatherbound Hardcover, 768 pages

Publisher: Octopus

Published: 1984