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Description of the contents of box 5

Melville Society Box 5

From Donald Yannella, Secretary-Treasurer

1) Melville Society ledger of members, April, 1969-December, 1976
2) Extracts 30, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts

i. Jeanne Howes, “Melville’s Loom”
ii. Dan Burne Jones, “Moby-Dick: The Unused Kent Illustrations”
iii. “Moby-Dick and Mailer’s Naked and the Dead”
iv. Hennig Cohen, “Of Rama and Queequeg”
v. George Monteiro, “Clarel in the Catholic World”
vi. Curtis Dahl, “Of Foul Weather and Bulkington”
vii. Margaret Wiley Marshall, “A Footnote to ‘Billy Budd’”
viii. George Monteiro, “More on Herman Melville in the 1890s”

b. Unpublished Extracts

i. G.M. van Rossum on Dutch editions of Moby-Dick

c. Some other publications and documents

i. William Spangler, “Rockwell Kent and Moby Dick,” The Kent Collector, III – No. 4 (Spring 1977)
ii. Photos of Melville’s grave by Jeanne Howes
iii. New article of Ted Kennedy visiting Arrowhead

3) Extracts 31, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts

i. Johannes D. Bergmann, “The New York Morning News and Typee”
ii. “Additions to the Melville Log”
iii. Donald Drury, “Melville, Pip, and Murray’s Grammar”
iv. Paul Bresnick, “Putnam’s Whale”
v. Daniel A. Wells, “Melville Allusions in The Southern Literary Messenger”
vi. George Monteiro, “More on ‘More on Herman Melville in the 1890s’”
vii. George Monteiro, “The Attack of the Ann Alexander: A Contemporary Reprinting of the Panama Herald Account”
viii. Carol B. Gartner, “Rau Errol Fox’s ‘The Confidence Man’”
ix. Dan Wells, “A Second Supplement to the Mailloux-Parker Checklist of Melville Allusions: The Southern Literary Messenger”
x. Frederick and Joyce Kennedy, “Additions to the Melville Log"

b. Unpublished Extracts

i. On Marrio D’Avanzo on “The House Top”
ii. Stanton Garner, “Melville and the Trunkmaker”

c. Some other publications and documents

i. Letter from Herman Ganseforth, Ioph, Malaysia (August 8, 1977)
ii. Letters to Donald Yannella from Hans Bergmann, Tyrus Hillway, George Monteiro, Merton M. Sealts, Jr., etc.

4) Extracts 32, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts

i. Harrison Hayford on Conrad Aiken’s “Herman Melville”
ii. Nathalia Wright, “Melville’s Longlasting Quarrel,” review of T. Walter Herbert’s Moby-Dick and Calvinism
iii. Daniel Wells, “Melville’s Allusions in The American Whig Review”
iv. Johannes Bergmann’s review of Ann Douglas, The Feminization of American Culture
v. J. R. Hawk, “White-Jacket at the Naval Academy”
vi. Don Drury, “Some Middle Lives of Melville”
vii. Frederick Kennedy, “Samuel Arthur Jones and Herman Melville”

b. Unpublished Extracts

i. Daniel j. Tynan, “Melville’s New Bedford…” [not included]

c. Some other publications and documents

i. J. B. McNamara, Translation of p. 113-121 of Klaus Lanzinger’s Primitivismus und Naturalismus in Prosashaffen Herman Melvilles (1959) [included in folder for Extracts 33]
ii. Letters to Donald Yannella from Harrison Hayford, Harold Lehrman, Sanford Marovitz, Paul Metcalf, Merton M. Sealts, Jr., and G. Thomas Tanselle
iii. Notes on “Me and My Chimney” architecture
iv. “And In Kansas”: Poems by Steve Bench at University of Kansas, “White-Jacket,” “Captain Claret”

5) Extracts 33, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts

i. Larry J. Reynolds, “The Pattern of Violence”
ii. Caroline Moseley, “‘Old Virginny’ in Melville’s ‘The Paradise of Bachelors’”
iii. Leslie E. Sheldon, “Another Layer of Miltonic Allusion in Moby-Dick”
iv. Watson Branch, “Melville’s ‘Incompetent World’ in Billy Budd, Sailor” [correspondence and edits in Extracts 34 folder]
v. Sanford Marovitz, “Melville Short Fiction of the ‘Fifties”
vi. George Monteiro, “Emanuel Felix’s ‘Leviathan,’ An Azorean Tribute to Melville”
vii. Everett Emerson, “Apple Tree Tables and Others,” review of Michael T. Gilmore’s The Middle Way (1977)

b. Unpublished Extracts

i. Don Drury, “The Over-Matched Man: Starbuck, Antony, Macbeth”
ii. Thomas F. O’Donnell, “The Fidele on the Hudson: Another Source of The Confidence-Man?"

c. Some other publications and documents

i. William Gibson, “Snivelization,” American Speech, 49 (Fall-Winter 1974): 303-4
ii. Frederick Kennedy, Letters between Sam Shaw and Lizzie Melville
iii. photographs

6) Extracts 34, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments (1978)

a. Published Extracts

i. Joyce Deveau Kennedy and Frederick Kennedy, “Elizabeth and Herman, continued from Extracts 33”
ii. David Ketterer, “Censorship and Symbolism in Melville’s Typee”
iii. Watson Branch, “Melville’s ‘Incompetent World’ in Billy Budd, Sailor”
iv. George Monteiro, “Clarel in the International Review”
v. Antonio Manoel dos Santos Silva and Carlos Daghlian, “Three Sermons to the Fishes”

b. Unpublished Extracts

c. Some other publications and documents

i. Letters to Donald Yannella from Gil Wilson and Sanford Marovitz
ii. Obituary of Luther S. Mansfield

7) Extracts 35, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments (1978)

a. Published Extracts

i. Joyce Deveau Kennedy and Frederick Kennedy, “Elizabeth and Herman, continued from Extracts 33”
ii. David Ketterer, “Censorship and Symbolism in Melville’s Typee”
iii. Watson Branch, “Melville’s ‘Incompetent World’ in Billy Budd, Sailor”
iv. George Monteiro, “Clarel in the International Review”
v. Antonio Manoel dos Santos Silva and Carlos Daghlian, “Three Sermons to the Fishes

b. Unpublished Extracts

c. Some other publications and documents

i. Letters to Donald Yannella from Gil Wilson and Sanford Marovitz
ii. Obituary of Luther Mansfield

8) Extracts 36, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments (1978)

a. Published Extracts

i. Joyce Deveau Kennedy and Frederick Kennedy, “Samuel Hay Savage and Herman Melville 1847-1851”
ii. Stanton Garner, “A Rustic Beauty Among the Highborn Dames of the Court: Melville in the Customhouse, 1881-1882”
iii. Daniel A. Wells, “Melville’s Allusions in The Democratic Review”
iv. Leslie E. Sheldon, “Another Layer of Miltonic Allusion in Moby-Dick”
v. Johannes D. Bergmann, “New Great Traditions,” review of Georges-Michel Sarotte’s Like a Brother, Like a Lover (1978)
vi. Donald Drury, “Melville and the Beard (?) of John Brown”
vii. Joyce Deveau Kennedy and Frederick Kennedy, “Elizabeth and Herman”

b. Unpublished Extracts

c. Some other publications and documents

i. Xeroxed photocopies of Herman Melville’s letters to Sam Shaw
ii. Letters to Donald Yanella from Hennig Cohen, Stanton Garner, Joyce and Fred Kennedy, Walter Kring, and Merton M. Sealts, Jr.

9) Extracts 37, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments (1979)

a. Published Extracts

i. Maria L. D’Avanzo, “Anubis and ‘The Hyena’ in Moby-Dick”
ii. Wilson Heflin, review of Faith Pullen, New Perspectives On Melville
iii. Joyce Sparer Adler, (Melville Society abstract), “The ‘Infinite Entanglement’ of Slavery and War in Melville’s Art: An Imaginary Slide Show
iv. Carolyn Karcher, “The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade: An Apocalyptic Indictment of Slavery and Racism”
v. John A. Williams, Abstract [panel on 19th-Century Writers and Slavery]
vi. Brian Higgins, “Supplement to Herman Melville: An Annotated Bibliography: Volume I: 1846-1930”

b. Unpublished Extracts

c. Some other publications and documents

i. Xeroxed photocopies of Herman Melville’s letters to Sam Shaw
ii. Letters to Donald Yanella from Mario D’Avanzo, Stanton Garner, John Gretchko, Carolyn Karcher, Claude Richard, and Merton M. Sealts, Jr.
iii. Miscellaneous photos illustrating panel on slavery and racism.

10) Extracts 38, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts

i. John Dean, “The American Nuclei: Moby Dick and Huckleberry Finn”
ii. John Gretchko, “Herman Melville Discovers Elijah Burritt”
iii. Edward Stone, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Moby-Dick”
iv. G[loria]. Young, “Melville’s Archetypal ‘Wise Old Man’”
v. George Monteiro, “A Melville Review in the Chicago Inter Ocean”
vi. Thomas Philbrick, “A Melville Home is Damaged”
vii. John Middlebrook, “Eat First, Then Esthetics”

b. Correspondence between Donald Yannella and Tony Magistrale, Jonathan Middlebrook, and Gloria Young

11) Extracts 39, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts

i. Frederick and Joyce Kennedy, “Elizabeth Shaw Melville and Samuel Hay Savage, 1847-1853”
ii. George Monteiro, “Fugitive References to Melville, 1851-1900”
iii. Tom Quirk, “Two Sources in Melville’s Confidence-Man”
iv. Mary K Madison, “Fanny Trollope’s Nephew Edits Typee”

b. Correspondence between Donald Yannella and Ross Beharriel, Hennig Cohen, John Gretchko, Phillippe Jaworski, Frederick and Joyce Kennedy, Mary K. Madison, George Monteiro, Patrick Quinn, Tom Quirk, and Viola Sachs

12) Extracts 40, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts

i. Margaret Wiley Marshall, “Arichanda and Billy Budd’
ii. Nelson Smith, “Four New London Reviews”
iii. Hershel Parker, “A Modest Proposal To Improve the Reviewing of Books and Articles on Melville and To Foster Communication Among Melville Scholars and Critics”
iv. Harold Farwell and Norman Andrews, “Britten’s Billy Budd in San Francisco”

b. Correspondence between Donald Yannella and Christopher Durer, Harold Farwell, Tyrus Hillway, Alice P. Kenney, Margaret Wiley Marshall, Viola Sachs, Robert J. Schwendinger, and Nelson Smith

13) Extracts 41, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts

i. Frederick and Joyce Kennedy, “The United States Navy and White-Jacket: An Untold Story”
ii. Watson Branch, “A Glossary of Melville’s Literary Terms”
iii. Shirley M. Dettlaff, “Ionian Form and Esau’s Waste: Melville’s View of Art in Clarel”
iv. Thomas Heffernan, “The Whale Has No Famous Author?”
v. Stanton Garner, “Rosmarine: Melville’s ‘Pebbles,’ Ben Jonson’s Masque of Blackness, and A Trifle Concerning T. S. Eliot”
vi. Edward Stone, “More on the Whiteness of the Whale”

b. Correspondence between Donald Yannella and Daniel Aaron, Stanford Apseloff, Hennig Cohen, Christopher Durer, Joseph Flibbert, Stanton Garner, Thomas Heffernan, Jon Hendricks, Frederick and Joyce Kennedy, Tony King, Robert G. Newman, Egbert Oliver, Kay Sadghi, and Dan Wells

14) Extracts 42, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts (and drafts)

i. Martin Wank, “Precis of ‘Moby Dick Revealed’”
ii. Wilson Heflin, “Researching in New Bedford, Circa 1947” with photos
iii. “The Scottish Connection”
iv. David K. Titus, “Herman Melville at the Albany Academy”
v. Joel Myerson, Review of Walter Donald Kring, Henry Whitney Bellows
vi. Arnold Rampersad, Review of Carolyn Karcher, Shadow Over the Promised Land
vii. Notices

b. Correspondence between Donald Yannella and John Bowen, Gail Coffler, Stanton Garner, Wilson Heflin, Robert Rulon Miller, Egbert Oliver, Hershel Parker, Tom Quirk, P. Rodin, Haskell Springer, David Titus, Martin Wank, and Thomas Woodson

15) Extracts 43, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts (and drafts)

i. Joyce and Frederick Kennedy, “In Pursuit of Manuscripts: True Yarns, or Seek and Ye Shall Find”
ii. Wilson Heflin, “More Researching in New Bedford”
iii. Lauriat Lane, “Melville’s Second Whaler”
iv. Joyce and Frederick Kennedy, New England Historical and Genealogical Register and photos

b. Correspondence between Donald Yannella and Susan Baker, James Barbour, John Bowen, Richard Brodhead, Harrison Hayford, Carol S. Horner, Joyce and Frederick Kennedy, Lauriat Lane, Harold Lehrman, Robert Milder, Tom Quirk, and Edwin Schneidman

16) Extracts 44, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts (and drafts)

i. Howard P. Vincent, review of T. Walter Herbert, Marquesan Encounters
ii. Chowder and Miscellanea
iii. Tom Quirk, “Man-Traps and Melville”
iv. S. C. Baker, “Two Notes on Browning Echoes in Clarel”
v. Thomas Woodson, “Note”
vi. Stanton Garner, “His (More Than) Fifty Years of Exile, and Fanny’s Toe”
vii. Gail Coffler, “Melville, Dana, Allston: Analogues in Lectures on Art”

17) Extracts 45, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts (and some drafts)

i. 1981 MLA Meeting Call for Papers: “Melville and the Reader”
ii. Sanford E. Marovitz, “Melville’s Problematic ‘Being’”
iii. William M. Ramsey, “Wisdom on the Fidele”
iv. John Wenke, “Melville’s Mardi: Philosophy and the Exhaustion of the Self”
v. Kay Kier, “Elizabeth Shaw Melville and the Stedmans: 1891-1894”
vi. Wayne Kvam, “The Melville Legacy in Hochhuth’s Tod eines Jagers”
vii. Brian Higgins, “A Centennial Essay by Virginia Woolf”
viii. Bruce Bebb, “A Statue for Bugsy Segal”

b. Correspondence between Donald Yannella and Brian Higgins, Kay Kier, and Wayne Kvam

18) Extracts 46, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts (and some drafts)

i. Mary K. Madison, “Hypothetical Friends: The Critics and The Confidence Man”
ii. Review of Edwin S. Schneidman, ed., Endeavors in Psychology: Selections from the Personology of Henry A. Murray
iii. John P. Runden, “Columbia Grammar School: An Overlooked Year in the Lives of Gansevoort and Herman Melville”
iv. “Chowder”
v. James Duban, “Melville’s Use of Irving’s Knickerbocker History in White-Jacket”
vi. Tom Quirk, “More on the Composition of Moby-Dick”
vii. Sanford E. Marovitz, Review of Joyce Sparer Adler, War in Melville’s Imagination

b. Correspondence between Donald Yannella and Joyce and Irving Adler, James Duban, Stanton Garner, Harold Lehrman, Corona Machemer, Mary K. Madison, Sanford E. Marovitz, Dorothee Metlitzki, Robert Milder, Thomas Quirk, John Runden, Gary Scharnhorst, Irene Schwartz, and Merton M. Sealts, Jr.

c. Photograph of Elizabeth Shaw Melville

19) Extracts 47, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts

i. Mohamed Elias, “Widow-Burning in Mardi”
ii. Richard S. Moore, “Piranesi, ‘The Blanket,’ and the ‘Mathematical Sublime’ in Moby-Dick”
iii. Peter Hays, “Samson in Moby-Dick, Particular vs. Transcendental”
iv. Stanton Garner, “Allan Melvill to Martin Van Buren on Major Melvill’s Removal”
v. Charles Newmeier, “The Melvilles’ House on E. 26th Street”
vi. R. D. Madison, “Melville’s Edition of Cooper’s History of the Navy”
vii. Dorothee Metlitzki, “A Note on the Letter H in Melville’s Whale”
viii. “Chowder”
ix. June Allison, “The Similes in Moby-Dick: Homer and Melville”
x. Gary Scharnhorst, “Addenda to the Melville Bibliography, 1850-1928”

b. Correspondence between Donald Yannella and June Allison, “Charles,” David Jaffe, Harold Lehrman, R. D. Madison, Richard S. Moore, Gary Scharnhorst, and Gloria Young

20) Extracts 48, Letters, Notes, Circulars, and Editor’s Comments

a. Published Extracts (and some drafts)

i. Robert R. Craven, “‘Roger Starbuck’ (Augustus Comstock) and Moby-Dick”
ii. David G. Hoch, “A Possible Source of Melville’s Confidence-Man”
iii. John Satterfield, “Thomas Wolfe’s Reading of Moby-Dick”
iv. Miscellaneous Sightings
v. Stanton Garner, “Melville and Sandford Gifford”
vi. Deborah Andrews, Review of Thomas F. Heffernan, Stove By A Whale
vii. John Gretchko, “The Glassy-Eyed Hermit”
viii. Peter Kosenko, “The Secret Design of Melville’s Confidence Man”
ix. Daniel Wells, “Melville Allusions in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine 1850-1900”

b. Correspondence between Donald Yannella and Deborah Andrews, Robert Craven, John Gretchko, Thomas F. Heffernan, David Hoch, Peter Kosenko, John Satterfield, and Daniel Wells

c. Loose photos, illustrations

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Fellowships and Scholarships


Melville Society Archive
Walter E. Bezanson Fellowship
 
 
The Melville Society, under the auspices of the Melville Society Cultural Project in New Bedford, offers an annual fellowship to help a scholar undertake research on Herman Melville at the Society’s Archive in the Research Library of the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

 

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New York Public Library
Short-term Research Fellowships

 

Graduate students or other affiliated academics whose work would benefit from visiting the Manuscripts and Archives Division to view collections such as the Gansevoort-Lansing collection, and Duyckinck family papers are encouraged to apply.

 

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From Our Photo Collections

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Woodlawn Cemetary

WoodlawnWoodlawn Cemetary - final resting place of Herman, his wife, Elizabeth, and other family members. Click here to view photos of the gravesites.

125th Anniversary Celebration

125th Woodlawn

A celebration of Melville's life at Woodlawn Cemetary on the 125th anniversary of his passing.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Melville House

Melville lived for nine years in this Lansingburgh house. It was here that he wrote Typee and Omoo

Berkshire Historical Society

ArrowheadMelville's Arrowhead home and farm in Pittsfield, MA where he wrote Moby-Dick and lived for most of the 1850s.