Billy Budd, Sailor and Other Stories (Bantam Classic by Herman Melville

By Herman Melville

If Melville had by no means written Moby Dick, his position in global literature will be guaranteed by means of his brief stories. "Billy Budd, Sailor," his final paintings, is the masterpiece within which he grants the ultimate summation in his "quarrel with God." it's a awesome examine of the tragic conflict among social authority and person freedom, human justice and summary solid.

Melville additionally explores this topic in "Bartelby the Scrivener," his recognized tale a few Wall highway legislations clerk who takes passive resistance to a comic—and finally disastrous—extreme; and in "Benito Cereno," his wonderful account of oppression and uprising on a nineteenth-century slave send.

Completing this number of nice stories are the eerie "The Encantados," the attractive, romantic "The Piazza," and Melville's chilling technology fiction parable, "The Bell-Tower."

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