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Descriptions of the contents of the 5 boxes containing the Walter Bezanson Papers

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Walter Bezanson Papers Box 1

At front: loose, MS Extracts, Sept. 1978 – Feb. 1982

Manila folder: “MSEX 1990” (# 80, 83, 97, 78)

Loose: MSEX 82, 97, 98, plus typescript of talk at Melville Society meeting at Nantucket May 15, 1986: “Water, Meditation, Words”

Miscellaneous Extracts: 97, 97, 97, 86 (4), 82, 84, 86, 85

Emerson Society Quarterly, No. 28, part 2 (1962?)

More Extracts: 98, 91, 97, 98, 95, 96 (3), 2000

Letter from Merton M. Sealts, Jr., to Gail Coffler and Walter Bezanson

Folder: “Melville Society 96- 96 (1994, 1995, 1994)”

Folder MSEX = “Extracts” #s 71 -79 (+ #72 – 79 (Feb. 1988 – Nov. 1989)

Folder: Untitled

Extracts, Feb. 84 / Feb. 86, Feb. – Nov. 1990

Feb, Nov, 1991, March – Nov. 1992

June 1993, Dec. 1996

“Annual Report, American Literature Section of the Modern Language Association”

Folder: Untitled

Extracts for May 72, Oct. 72, Jan. 73, April 73, Sept. 73, Oct. 71, May 71, Feb. 71, Oct. 70, Jan. 72, Dec. 69, Nov. 69, Aug. 69, June 69, May 77, Nov. 77, Nov. 73, Feb. 75, May 75, Dec. 75, Feb . 76, June 76, Sept. 76 (2), Nov. 76, Feb. 74, Nov. 74

Letter to Members of the Melville Society April 1969

Loose: Berkshire History, 21 (Spring 1976)

Program for Volos Conference 1997

Nina Byam offprint: “The Erotic Motif in Melville’s Clarel,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language (Summer 1974)

Richard Fogle offprint: “Meville’s Calrel: Doubt and Belief,” Tulane Studies in English

Folder: Untitled

Miscellaneous emails, typed manuscripts, essays

Walter’s notes on “Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams after 100 years” (11/17/99)

Invitation for submission from Jill B. Gidmark

Melville / Hawthorne conference, Pittsfield, June 1982, reprint

Editorial correspondence

Page proofs for “Document, Drama, Dream”

Offprints: “Moby-Dick: Work of Art,” Darmstadt, 1977

Red Folder: Prints (“Model of Whaler Deborah Gifford,” Garneray “Peche du Cachalot,” “Capturing a Sperm Whale,” Garneray “Peche de la Baleine,” “Sperm Whaling—the Conflict”)

Folder: Untitled

            Miscellaneous clippings

            Hofstra Conference (2001) Program

            Christmas card from John Bryant

            More clippings, Christmas card photo of Walter Bezanson and Gail Coffler

Folder: “Clarel Review”

            Review in the The New Republic by Helen Vendler (1992)

Loose: Copy of Neal Tolchin’s “The House of Mourning: Melville in His Culture” (written for Walter’s seminar)

Folder: “Tolchin, ‘The House of Mourning: Melville in His Culture’” (Tolchin essay removed, a catalog of Gaughin paintings [text by John Rewald] inserted instead)

Loose: Brochures and “Companion Guide” for “Damned in Paradise” (annotated)—Video (1986)

Folder: Untitled

Series of prints, some nautical, with captions clipped on, as well as postcards from the New Bedford Whaling Museum

Loose: Two Arrowhead Newsletters (one from 2007 Gam), both annotated, and a New Bedford Whaling Museum Members Bulletin (2007)

Folder: “NN Clarel—Hist Note—Nov. 90.” Proofs of Clarel “Historical Note,” annotated.

Loose: Offprints of articles by Luther Mansfield, J. A. Ward, Paolo Cabibbo, John W. Young, Cornel West and D. Graham Burnett, Larry J. Reynolds (some annotated)

Folder: “HM—Offprints” A chapter by David Leverenz

Envelope: Addressed to Walter E. Bezanson, 313 Beechwood Ave., Middlesex, N.J. Marked “Melville Society Newsletter, XIII 1957, XIV 1958 (minus Winter).”

Loose: Sheila Post-Lauria, “Editorial Politics and the Composition of Israel Potter.” Typescript, Xerox.

            Extracts for February 1985, 2005, July 2003, all annotated.

Accordian Folder: “GALAPAGOS Islands ’83.”

Postcards, brochures. Envelope: “Galapagos Trip: business stuff.” Folder: “GALAPAGOS—list of people (etc).” Folder: “GALAPAGOS.” Loose notes and brochures. Envelope: “Princeton Nature Tours.”

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Walter Bezanson Papers Box 2

 Loose Papers


  1. Brief report on or review of Sidney P. Moss, Hawthorne and Melville: An Inquiry into Their Art and the Mystery of Their Friendship. November 2, 1973.
  2. Russell Baker, “Life in Soapland.” New York Times. September 24, 1991.
  3. Magazine article. Marianne Wiggins, “In the Sinai, A Vision of Sand, Stars and Sea.”
  4. “Doc. Drama. Dream. (Discard?)”
  5. Xerox Proofs. “Moby-Dick: Document, Drama, Dream.”
  6. “Words and Music by David Levine.”
  7. Barry Werth, “The Scarlet Professor.” New Yorker
  8. 3 copies of typescript. “Death in Herman Melville.” Table.
  9. “Clarel + the Ionic” AL, 1981
  10. Clipping, William E. Farrell, “Jerusalem’s Separate World.” New York Times 12/19/1982.
  11. Xeroxed typescript. By Shirley Dzemba.
  12. Donald Yannella to Walter Bezanson. January 5, 1979.
  13. “M’s Poetry (Clarel MS)”
  14. April 17, 1991. “Key—2 directions for crit?”
  15. Nassau Community College. “Mariner and Mystic: A Herman Melville Festival.” 1968.


Folders (numbers refer to folders)

  1. Sealts [Merton M. Sealts, Jr.], et al.
  2. S.S. Constitution
  3. Ship: CONSTITUTION—97
  4. Mystic—June 99—Reading
  6. Clarel—& modern Archael.
  7. ZEROX—HM mtgs G + W pics.
  8. Enc: Final copy (MD)
  9. No Name (Correspondence)
  11. Melville Corresp.
  12. CAPE HORN—Apr 12, ‘94
  14. Melville & Dana—Notes for N. Or. Paper
  15. “CAPE HORN”—paper Apr ‘95
  16. PAPER M & Dana (N.O. Spring ’93)
  17. HM’s Novels: ESQ paper
  18. “THE NEW MELVILLE” MLA 1990 Chicago—Panel papers—
  19. Typee—Am. Writers Respond—deleted, keynote, use Essays
  20. MD –go over—Notes during Wr. MS—go over for Companion
  21. 1954 Prog—Camera 3
  23. HM + Boston—Lect—3/28/90
  24. “The Context of M’s Fictions”
  25. MLA Panel: The New Melville
  26. Madness in NH—Poe—M—(find the essay) excellent prospectus
  27. ELH paper—MS (carbon)
  28. DANA—2 yrs.
  29. M-D: lect notes
  30. HM—NYC—South St. Seaport—M Soc—12/72 & Snug Harbor—Staten I.
  31. HM: Ltrs., Juvenilia, Reviews
  32. HM + Visual Arts (notes)
  33. HM—+ his Publishers
  34. Judex: Maps, illus. etc
  35. Cover “CLAREL for Dr. W. E. Bezanson
  36. CLAREL—Sources {esp other poets}
  37. Clarel—Ms—Introd.—Copy 2
  38. CLAREL
  39. MS—Duke—F. Knapp—Clarel 8/67 [may refer to Joseph G. Knapp, Tortured Synthesis: The Meaning of Melville’s Clarel (New York: Philosophical Library, 1971)]
  40. KEYNOTE—ideas—Misc—go over—Yes!
  41. OLSON
  42. MERT [Merton M. Sealts, Jr.] — Jay [Jay Leyda]
  43. CLAREL—offprints, corresp., etc
  44. Clarel—notes
  45. M’s poetry—general
  46. BATTLE-PIECES (1866)
  47. PMLA—“M. Turns to Poetry”: 8/84
  48. Melville-Hawthorne Conf—1966
  49. Hofstra—some misc notes for ideas.
  50. Moby-Dick 2001—HOFSTRA *
  51. Bryant [John Bryant]—Msoc
  52. Clarel Notices—Northwestern N. P.
  53. DUBAN, James—UT—re promotion M’s Major Fictions 9/89
  54. WHALES
  55. WHALES
  56. WHALES
  57. McCarter—Programs—1975-78
  58. HM—New Books
  60. CARLSON, Tom—M’s Novs (pre MD) 71
  61. HM + ELIZ—Eddy PhD [Darlene Fern Mathis Eddy, Ph.D. dissertation entitled “A Dark Similitude: Melville and the Elizabethan-Jacobean Perspective”
  62. SIEGEL, Mark—Dissert
  63. HM: Herbert [T. Walter Herbert] MS: M’s Religious Conflict
  64. M-D Drama +Dream
  65. KENTUCKY—ACA—Lexington ’92 Melville Soc Meeting
  66. San Antonio ACA—91 (March)
  67. HM—“Extracts:-- Soc.
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Walter Bezanson Papers Box 3


  1. Correspondence with Helen Wilson et al (re: videotaped interview with Walter)
  1. SALEM: Peabody-Essex Museum brochure (June 1998)
  1. Mystic Seaport materials and news clippings (1998)
  1. Essays by other scholars and writers, including Dennis Berthold, Merton M. Sealts, Jr., Louise Barnett, Carolyn Karcher, Gail Coffler, and Wilson Heflin.
  1. Herman Melville ‘09 Teaching Notes (2 index cards and list of Melville’s tales)
  1. Moby-Dick course and ideas (Dartmouth travel brochure and notice of two books on ocean studies)
  1. Dartmouth College Board of Trustees (correspondence and mailing)
  1. Melville Society Extracts (No. 95, December 1993)
  1. Blue folder: Pittsfield Centennial Conference (May 1991)
  1. Britten’s Billy Budd opera (playbill, ticket stub, news clippings, broadside of “Billy in the Darbies”)
  1. Billy Budd (notes and bibliography of secondary sources)
  1. Billy Budd (article by Charles Weir, reader’s report, bibliography of secondary sources, speculations about Melville’s use of New York City libraries in 1885-1891)
  1. Billy Budd (clippings and notes for an essay)
  1. Notes related to a class on the short stories of Herman Melville (Spring ’01) at Boston Center for Adult Education
  1. Herman Melville’s short fiction (clippings and notes)
  1. Clippings and notes related to “Paradise of Bachelors, Tartarus of Maids”
  1. Herman Melville short stories (chronology and news clipping re: Harper’s)
  1. Ms. for Bezanon’s “Herman Melville: Uncommon Common Sailor”
  1. Materials on New Bedford (news clippings, maps, brochures)
  1. Miscellaneous materials (review of Eric Dolin’s Leviathan, Melville Society announcements, NBWM calendar)
  1. Publications of Benzanson (bibliography and annual supplemental personnel record sheet for Rutgers)
  1. Notes related to Bezanson’s keynote address for Melville Centennial in Pittsfield (1991) and “Herman Melville: Uncommon Common Sailor” (includes correspondence with Robert Milder and John Bryant)
  1. Heinrich Heine’s Pictures of Travel
  1. Bezanson personnel data (CVs and lists of publications)
  1. Bezanson personnel data (NEH grant application)
  1. Letter from Walter Bezanson and Gail Coffler to Merton M. Sealts, Jr.
  1. Miscellaneous notes for Moby-Dick (includes critical essay by Albert Camus)
  1. Teaching notes for Moby-Dick
  1. Correspondence and program for panel at 1990 American Culture Association meeting.
  1. Pages 199-202 of an offprint for “Moby-Dick: Document, Drama, Dream”
  1. Clippings and notes for “Moby-Dick and the Sea”
  1. Clippings and notes related to Benito Cereno
  1. List of “Further Reading” for Moby-Dick
  1. Moby-Dick teaching notes (Fall 2000), New York Times Magazine article, “Herman-Neutics,” correspondence with Hershel Parker re: Harrison Hayford’s obituary.
  1. Moby-Dick teaching notes (Fall 2001)
  1. Notes related to Moby-Dick class at Boston Center for Adult Education (Winter 1995)
  1. Notes related to Moby-Dick class at Boston Center for Adult Education (Fall 1994)
  1. Notes on whaling
  1. Melville correspondence from 1960 (3 letters)
  1. Photostat of 1844 copyright entry for Redburn
  1. Melville Society conference in Mystic (1999)
  1. Melville Society meeting at MLA (1992)
  1. Melville-Hawthorne conference (1982)
  1. Melville Society conference at Annapolis (1994)
  1. Melville Society Extracts (Nos. 51, 52, 53, 55, 59, 60, 62, 63, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47)
  1. Northwestern University Press bill
  1. Melville Society records, 1966
  1. Notes related to Melville Society meetings at MLA (1965-1967); correspondence with Richard Poirier and M.H. Abrams; articles by Terence Martin, Stuart Sherman, Merton M. Sealts, Jr., Frances Osborne
  1. Notes related to Melville Society meeting at MLA (New York, NY) in 1954
  1. Notes related to Melville Society executive committee (1955); Melville Society Newsletter (Spring 1954); Annual Melville Bibliography (1951)
  1. Melville Society Newsletter (1948-1956); Melville Society notes and membership roster.
  1. Assorted news clippings and offprint of Bezanson’s “Moby-Dick: Document, Drama, Dream”
  1. Folder: “M. Soc—actions, memos, etc.” Correspondence with Tyrus Hillway (1958). Copy of By-Laws. Correspondence with Henry Murray (1969), Hennig Cohen (1969) re: “poor mad Gil Wilson,” and Howard Vincent. Notes.
  1. Folder: “MELVILLE SOC.—FELLOWS + Reg Reps.” Lists of officers and regional representatives. Correspondence with Leon Howard, Willard Thorp, Richard Fogle, Tyrus Hillway, Luther Mansfield, W.B. Dillingham, Robert Ryan, and Hershel Parker. 1969.
  1. Folder: “LEVIATHAN—plans.” Plan for a volume entitled “Knowing Melville: Essays on Herman Melville and American Literature of the Sea.” 1972. Plan for journal Leviathan (1969). Correspondence with Hennig Cohen and Thomas Philbrick. Story by Charles Philbrick based on the wreck of the Essex submitted to Leviathan.
  1. Loose. Mimeograph list of collections of Melville’s stories. Rough draft of an essay on Ishmael, attached to a legal pad.
  1. Folder: “M-D—class—BEALE 3/20/96.” Notes on “Atlantic Initiation.” Extracts Dec. 1994, March 1994, September 1994.
  1. Folder: “Haskell’s bk—my notes on ‘American Lit and the Sea.’” In reference to Haskell Springer’s America and the Sea: A Literary History (1995).
  1. Folder: “Haskell’s Am & The Sea—U. Ga. Pr. ’93. –coming 2/95.” Brochure.
  1. Folder: “HASKELL’S MSS American & The Sea.” Bezanson’s reader’s report.
  1. Folder: “Duban, Clarel art—from John B.—5/97.” Off-print of review by Robert Milder. Manuscript article by James Duban sent by John Bryant.
  1. Folder: “M—H—F: (notes for) ‘Essays.’” WB notes.
  1. Loose: Mimeograph list of Bezanson publications. Manuscript note to Jonathan Brent.
  1. Folder: “CLAREL & The Late Years.” Manuscript notes.
  1. Loose: Manuscript note to Robert Milder.
  1. Folder: “CLAREL—N. Adams—’96.” Manuscript notes.
  1. Folder: “Poetry—HM Clarel—Conf?” Manuscript notes, clippings.
  1. Folder: “N. Adams—HM Conf: 1 Aug. 95 (+ R. P. Warren [Robert Penn Warren]).” Clippings.
  1. Folder: “HM—arts & crit.—read.” Clippings, note cards. 1969.
  1. Folder: “H. PARKER—Clarel selections.” Correspondence with Hershel Parker.
  1. Folder: “Melville—current misc. TO FILE.” Clippings, 1950s.
  1. Folder: “Clarel: review (pub) + personal ltrs.” Fan letter from Geoffrey Newbold. Miscellaneous correspondence. Reviews re. Clarel edition.
  1. Folder: “Clarel—Corresp. (not errata, not reviews, not pub).” Miscellaneous letters.
  1. Folder: “H. B. Hough, ‘Melville’s Capt.’” Correspondence. Clipping on Capt. Pease [Henry Beetle Hough, “Melville’s Captain Was a Vineyarder,” Vineyard Gazette (Edgartown, MA), July 2, 1929].
  1. Loose: Note on comedy. Xerox of essay on Typee.
  1. Folder: “Melville Offprints, Etc.” Student Paper (Edward Mylod, 1949) on Melville’s poems. Offprints by Harrison Hayford, Jay Leyda. Mimeograph essays by Howard C. Horsford and Merton M. Sealts, Jr.. Offprints by Joseph Jones, John Birss, Merton M. Sealts, Jr., Walter Harding, Louise Dauner, Egbert S. Oliver, and David Potter. Miscellaneous notes and clippings.
  1. Folder: “H. Hayford 2003.” Email correspondence with Harrison Hayford family (2001), Elizabeth Schultz, Hershel Parker, Gail Coffler, John Bryant, John Gretchko, and Clare Spark.
  1. Folder: “Melville—Book Cats.” Book lists from 1948, 1952.
  1. Folder: “Melville—Reviews.” Clippings 1947-52.
  1. Folder: “Melville Conference—1951 (Williamstown).” Brochures, clippings.
  1. Folder: “Melville Movies, Plays, etc.” Clippings 1956-65.
  1. Folder: “VITA—’90.”
  1. Folder: “KEYNOTE—copies.” “Herman Melville: Uncommon Common Sailor.”
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Walter Bezanson Papers Box 4

Letters to Walter Hendricks regarding publication of Clarel, 1957-1959

Correspondence with Howard Vincent and Harrison Hayford, 1957-1959

Tom Wolfe and To Do list on Hendricks’ Israel Potter Edition 1968

Israel Potter: Reputation – 1856-1921 (after reviews)

Typed Manuscript of intro to Hendricks’ Israel Potter with Notes (Section III) 1970

Typed Manuscript of intro to Hendricks’ Israel Potter with Notes (Section IV) revised 1971

Typed Manuscript of intro to Hendricks’ Israel Potter with Notes (Section V) original 1970 and revised 1971

Notes and Articles on Israel Potter Articles and Sources

Israel Potter – Critics – Since 1921

Notes on Typee – Northwestern-Newberry Edition

Correspondence and Notes on Northwestern-Newberry Editions, 1967

Melville Editions (Northwestern-Newberry), Reports on and Early Plans

Herman Melville: European Journal (1849), Sources for Israel Potter

Notes on Henry Trumbull, original author of Israel Potter

Notes on Benjamin Franklin sources for Israel Potter

Notes on John Paul Jones sources for Israel Potter

Notes on Ethan Allen sources for Israel Potter

Notes on Berkshire sources for Chapter One of Israel Potter

Notes on various sources for Israel Potter (Revolution, James Fenimore Cooper, Arthur Mervyn, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Notes on Dissertations on Israel Potter by Walter Jones and W. Sprague Holden

Articles and Papers read and reviewed by Bezanson on Nathaniel Hawthorne, John Keats, Robert Frost, and Goldman’s Clarel [Stan Goldman, Melville's Protest Theism: The Hidden and Silent God in Clarel (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 1993)]

Correspondence with Jill B. Gidmark/Jill Barnum and Mary K. Bercaw Edwards on the Encyclopedia of the Sea and the Great Lakes

Syllabus, Roster, and Recommendation on Teaching Moby-Dick at the Boston Center for Adult Education, 1998

Reviews of N-N Journals by James D. Bloom and Geoffrey O’Brien

Press Materials on the video: Damned in the Midst of Paradise (1985)

Personal Correspondence, letters of Walter Bezanson from 1960, 1961, 1982

Melville’s Tales, Chronology and Bibliography

Notes on Chris Sten, 1998

Review of Hershel Parker and article on “The Apple-Tree Table” by Jonathan A. Cook

Galapagos Islands (map)

Notes on “I and My Chimney”

Xeroxes of “In the Desert” and “the College Colonel”

Copies of “Mingling Threads of Life” – short Melville biography

Notes on Arrowhead

Syllabus and Roster for course on Great Short Works of Melville, Boston Center for Adult Education, 2001

Information Sheets for Reading Moby-Dick, Boston Center for Adult Education, 2001

Notes on class on Bartleby at Boston Center for Adult Education, 1997

“Rough Drafts” of “Herman Melville: Uncommon, Common Sailor,” on Typee, 1849 Voyage

HM: Course Records (Boston Center for Adult Education), handout on Reading Moby-Dick

Short Biography of Walter Bezanson for 1999 Mystic Conference

MLA Radio Series “What’s the Word?” 1998-1999

Official Papers on Mystic Conference, 1999

Notes on Moby-Dick CD-Rom for Jim Bride with Merton M. Sealts, Jr., 1997-1998

“W’s [Walter Bezanson’s] Essay for John Bryant”: Publication papers and hard copy of “HM: Uncommon, Common Sailor” for Evermoving Dawn, 1995-1996

Helen Vendler’s review of Clarel and Journals, New Republic, 1992

Reader’s Report on Julian Markels’ King Lear, Moby-Dick, and the Politics of America for U. of Fla., 1990

Published Reviews of “Into the Deep: America, Whaling, and the World” (2010) and Philippe Sollers, “Diabolique Melville” in Le Novel Observateur, (March 17, 2010): 54-6

Letters and cards from Steve Whicher [1952] , Jonathan A. Cook [1997] , and Milton [Stern?] [1961]

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Walter Bezanson Papers Box 5

  1. [Loose] Note card file: “M.D notes & refs. (MISC) Take out any usable ideas + junk rest—(WB)”
  2. Thompson review (MLN) / Fogle Review (NEQ)
  3. Melville Marginalia [with Bezanson, “Melville’s reading of Arnold’s Poetry,” PMLA (1954) and list of “Melville’s Reading—1849 and 1850”]
  4. Melville Society Correspondence (1969)
  5. Melville misc. bibliography data [with Alfred Kazin, “The Inmost Leaf” (on Sedgwick & Melville’s poetry), The New Republic (December 18, 1944)]
  6. Clarel, 1974 ed., ideas & information for [including clippings & notes]
  7. Greylock Clarel: Correspondence & [contribs?], 4/70 [esp. re: including Bezanson’s Clarel in the Greylock ed. (rather then Hendricks House ed.) with Charles Feidelson’s Moby-Dick and H. Bruce Franklin’s The Confidence-Man]
  8. Inventory: Berkshire Athenaeum—Pittsfield [inventory of the collection in The Melville Room]
  9. Clarel: Correspondence (not Raleigh or Hendricks) [with carbon copy of confidential letter to Hendricks House editors from Howard P. Vincent (January 28, 1963): “It was agreed that desperate conditions required a desperate remedy. . . . Any action is of course painful, but inaction has been and will be even more so.”
  10. Clarel (HH), 1969 [Hendricks House]
  11. Arnold, Prose (to do)
  12. “Melville’s Reading of A[rnold]’s Poetry”—MS.
  13. Arnold (Used)
  14. Arnold Lecture
  15. Melville ed., 1953 [Bezanson’s Hendricks House ed. of Clarel)
  16. Melville Correspondence [Letters from Harold M. Turner, Wilson Heflin, Nathalia Wright, Lawrence Barrett, Charles Feidelson, Tyrus Hillway, and Dorothee Grdseloff]
  17. Correspondence—1957-1958—misc. (unanswered)
  18. Correspondence, London.
  19. [unmarked folder]: Hawthorne-Melville Conference program, June 4-5, 1982, program
  20. [unmarked folder]: Letter from Harrison Hayford (April 6, 1990) re: NN Clarel
  21. [unmarked folder]: Rough proofs of Hennig Cohen introd. to his edition of Israel Potter: “Israel Potter: Background and Foreground” signed by Hennig Cohen
  22. Poem as Biography [ms. and notes]
  23. Clarel reviews—contemporary
  24. MS Carbon [Hendricks House ed. of Clarel Table of Contents]
  25. Paper MLA [December 1953 paper: “Melville’s Clarel: The Complex Passion”]
  26. Characters [note cards on characters in Clarel]
  27. [unmarked folder]: Rutgers newspaper clippings, other newspaper clippings, and correspondence re: television program entitled “Camera Three” featuring Bezanson (CBS) 1955
  28. [unmarked folder]: Email with Timothy Marr (2009)
  29. E[mily] D[ickinson] Illustrations [offprints on Dickinson, including “Emily Dickinson: Letter to the World” exhibit at the Folger Library (1983)]
  30. O. Matthiessen [assorted clippings]
  31. [Loose] Man and Nature (December 1971) [Walden and Whales]
  32. 19th C. Engraving—“Scene on the Susquehannah” [also, Walter Harding, “A Thoreauvian in Japan” (1965) and “Prospectus for a Dissertation on Sexuality and Sex Roles in Nineteenth Century Utopian Communities in the U.S.,” notated “L. Kern—Hist.—RO (1973?)”
  33. Hendricks House Correspondence 1988
  34. [Palas?] Business expenses [misc. correspondence, esp. with Fred L. Richardson, Jr., Stanley Salmen of The Atlantic Monthly Press, and Sumner Putnam]
  35. Clarel: Introduction, Northwestern-Newberry, June 1990—final copy
  36. [unmarked folder]: Clarel Introduction, pp. 137-49: carbon and notes
  37. Clarel ’88: Hershel [Parker], NN ed. [correspondence and notes]
  38. Clarel, NN agreements & problems Correspondence & Instructions
  39. Clarel—Annotations—to do! Illustrations Additions June 1990 [all that is enclosed is an 1850 plan of Jerusalem]
  40. Clarel—Alma [MacDougall Reising, copy-editor for NN ed.: correspondence & notes]
  41. Clarel—corrections & adds; Format & Illus. 1990
  42. Clarel—Corresp. re readers, friends before 1990
  43. [Carl] Bode: Young Rebel
  44. Howard C. Horsford, Jr. (Princeton Press)
  45. MD paper—rough draft [carbon of Bezanson’s essay “Moby-Dick: Work of Art” with annotations]
  46. Format –Clarel [line count and pagination]
  47. Extra Photostats [of 1876 Putnam’s edition of Clarel]
  48. Galleys—Clarel page proofs [manuscript notes, evidently corrections—no page proofs enclosed]
  49. Clarel: Vincent [correspondence with Howard Vincent, incl. March 8, 1961, letter, beginning: “Dear Howard [Vincent] & Harry [Hayford] & Willard [Thorp]: To godfather, European byblow, and orphan (respectively) of the Melville Edition”
  50. Short Title List [for Clarel]
  51. Clarel Hendricks corresp. + notes 1959-1960
  52. Chase critique [“Interplanetary Criticism: Notes on Chase’s ‘Herman Melville’” (c. 1953); first draft entitled “A Note on Richard Chase, Herman Melville, and the Stratosphere” (read at Melville Society Mtg., Dec. 29, 1952)]
  53. Melville—Arnold [notes on Matthew Arnold, letter to Henry Murray (December 1, 1951), and correspondence from 1951 re: Rutgers University]
  54. MLA paper (Dec ’53) [typescript of Bezanson’s paper entitled “Melville’s Clarel: The Complex Passion,” notes, and correspondence]
  55. Heritage—review [carbon copy of Bezanson’s review of first two issues of American Heritage, published in Journal of Rutgers University Libraries, 18 (June 1955), 33-37]
  56. M-D: Work of Art MS (with notes) [and correspondence with Tyrus Hillway (1952-1953)]
  57. HM—Biog—MS. Transcript (WEB) Lizzie’s Pocket Diaries [typescript “Transcripts from Lizzie’s Pocket Diaries” with pencil notation “Made by—W.E. Bezanson winter: 1941-1942” and “Two ms. poems, unpublished (?) of Melville, & a good letter of ‘64”]
  58. IP—Reviews—lists, etc, + NOTES [lists of and notes on reviews of Israel Potter]
  59. Loose notes, reviews on Israel Potter, letter from Bob at Ohio State University (November 2, 1954)
  60. Israel Potter—Townley’s paper [Rod Townley, “In Pursuit of Israel Potter” (May 12, 1967) and notes]
  61. Harry H—HM ed ’79 [carbon copy of letter to Harrison Hayford (October 27, 1978)]
  62. Harry H: 1969 [correspondence and notes]
  63. Variants & Textual Notes & Probs [for Israel Potter]
  64. IP Revision (2): 1st draft [notes]
  65. IP: “Sources”—bib[liography] for
  66. “Unfinished” (IP) –7/71 may need for MS
  67. Annotations to IP (if doing a text)
  68. MSS—WEB [notes on Israel Potter]
  69. IP—Serial Notices [notes]
  70. IP—Rev[iew]s of Book—American
  71. IP—Rev[iew]s of Book—English (3) French (1)
  72. IP: Zerox MS (WB) [notes on composition of Israel Potter]
  73. Editions—IP (See also “Putnam” folder)
  74. Criticism & Reading Notes—WEB [for] IP
  75. HCL—M—Houghton Coll[ection] (1938)
  76. Houghton Lib[rary]—IP
  77. [unmarked folder]: notes on reviews of Israel Potter
  78. Typed MS—I, II & IV Early versions [Historical Note to Israel Potter]
  79. IP: Putnam’s serialization
  80. IP—the Book (vs. mag[azine]) pub.
  81. The Refugee [notes & Godey’s Lady’s Book (May 1865) announcement]
  82. Sept ’78—to do IP
  83. IP from Harry [Harrison Hayford] 1/81
  84. IP—Revisions: 6/72 (to H[arrison] H[ayford])
  85. [Hershel] Parker & [Joel] Myerson—re Reviews
  86. Sources: Trumbull’s Life (see also Trumbull) [notes]
  87. Trumbull’s Life (zerox) [notes]
  88. IP: Book—Advs. for [notes]
  89. MS I (Typed) [Historical Note to Israel Potter (revised May 1971)]
  90. MS II (Typed) [Historical Note to Israel Potter (revised June 1971)]
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Greg Lennes Melville's short story, "The Lightning-Rod Man" (1854) still has lessons for us today. The lightning-rod salesman says that to buy his lighting rods, you will be safe. He is the salesman of our fears. He peddled his wares during storms with dire descriptions of ruin and death. He threatens and tries to bully the main character, who is angered. The ending is the main character "seized it (lightning-rod); I snapped it; I dashed it; I trod it; and dragging the dark lightning-king out of my door, flung his elbowed, copper sceptre after him. But spite of my treatment, and spite of my dissuasive talk of him to my neighbors, the Lightning-rod man still dwells in the land; still travels in storm-time, and drives a brave trade with the fears of man." Here is a video of a reading of the tale by Stacy Carson. It was produced by Sharad Patel and Lily Cox­‐Richard (2015):
"The Lightning-­Rod Man" by Herman Melville, 1854 "The Lightning-­Rod Man" by Herman Melville, 1854 Read by Stacy Carson Produced by Sharad Patel and Lily Cox­‐Richard
Greg Lennes
Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts
Feb 7 - March 15, 2018
RECEPTION: Thursday, March 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm; Artist Talk 7:30 pm

Exhibition at UMass Dartmouth University Art Gallery in Downtown New Bedford, “Diane Samuels: The Whale and Other Texts” is centered around the 8’ wide by 47’ long artwork Moby-Dick, or The Whale. This mesmerizing large scale piece appears to be floating on the gallery floor and spilling off the wall, reflecting on the ocean nearby, the location for the Melville’s famous novel.
Pittsburgh based Diane Samuels who often uses text as a element in her visual vocabulary this time creates waves with her meticulous hand-transcriptions created using all of the 701 pages in the novel. Remnants of archival paper and drawings have been recycled and painted over and, in places, drawn and collaged using images that pertain to the specific text. Each page of the book (also exhibited at the gallery) is hand-written as a horizontal row of the drawing, starting with “Call me Ishmael” at the top of the artwork.

Samuels chose Moby-Dick, or The Whale because of Melville’s descriptions of confrontations with “the other” and his archiving and cataloguing of information about whales and the world. In Chapter Three, Ishmael and Queequeg share a room and a bed at the Spouter-Inn. Ishmael describes his terror in meeting Queequeg. Despite cultural, racial, and language differences, the chapter ends with Ishmael’s statement, “I turned in, and never slept better in my life.”

Accompanying this installation is the compressed sound of the artist reading out loud and hand-transcribing each page, creating a layered “audio block”; a dense sound comprised of words and pages, along with the ambient sounds of the artist’s studio. The audio block is the length of the longest page of the book.

Other artworks also surprise visitors with their intricate hand-transcription in microscript. The Arabian Nights traces the stories told by Scheherazade over 10,000 fragments of papers painted in shades of indigo and crimson and edged in gold. The piece is a literal and figurative “magic carpet” whose central panel is bathed in the blood of the book’s unfortunate heroines and cloaked in the mysterious glow of night.
Salman Rushdie’s “Midnight’s Children,” also visually reflects the content of the book, creating a unique composition made from 1001 pieces of paper made in India and joined to form a map of India on August 15, 1947, its date of independence. The “midnight’s children” of the book’s title are the 1001 children born in the first hour of Indian independence.

The exhibition is open through March 15, 2018, with the reception on Thursday, March 8, 6:00 - 9:00 pm. The artist talk, as well as audio recording will begin at 7:30 pm.
The Whale and Other Text was curated by Viera Levitt, UMass Dartmouth Gallery Director, born in Slovakia, where she had assisted Diane in her 1998 sound based site-specific installation for the Synagogue - Centre for Contemporary Art in Trnava.

Thanks to Kris Nuzzi and the Pavel Zoubok Gallery for their wonderful collaboration on this exhibition.

Diane Samuels is a visual artist, with studio and public art practices based in Pittsburgh. In both she uses other peoples’ words and handwriting as her literal and figurative raw material. She builds works that accrete from community engagements, layer by layer: layers made of words from interviews and informal conversations with people on the street, in cafes, in their homes; layers made of places from castings, drawings, photographs, audio, maps; and layers made from archival documents, narratives of events, histories, memoirs, folk tales, and literature. She has made drawings by writing out the texts of entire novels in micro-handwriting, converted a two-story glass pedestrian bridge into an anthology of phrases about looking at the world closely, and created artist’s books from sessions transcribing storytellers.
Diane's permanent site-specific artworks include Luminous Manuscript (Center for Jewish History New York) and Lines of Sight (Brown University). Luminous Manuscript was awarded an IFRAA/Faith & Form Award for Religious Art and Architecture in 2005 and is included in Judith Dupré’s 2007 (Random House) book, Monuments: America’s History in Art and Memory.
Her exhibitions include the Andy Warhol Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Mattress Factory Museum, the Leo Baeck Institute, the Center for Book Arts, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center of Cincinnati, the Municipal Museum of Art (Gyor, Hungary), the Synagogue Center (Trnava, Slovakia), the Bernheimer Realschule (Buttenhausen, Germany), and the Czech Museum of Fine Arts.
Diane's work is in public and private collections including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Bank of New York Mellon, Reed College, Municipal Museum of Art (Gyor, Hungary), the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry.
Samuels holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in fine arts from Carnegie Mellon University, a diploma from the Institute in Arts Administration at Harvard University and has received honorary doctorates from Seton Hill University and Chatham University. She is also co-founder of City of Asylum Pittsburgh, which provides sanctuary to writers in exile. Samuels is a former board member of the Carnegie Museum of Art and the National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education, and is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania. In 2013 she was recipient of a Rockefeller Bellagio Residency in Italy and an American Academy in Jerusalem Fellowship.
Diane Samuels works with the Pavel Zoubok Gallery in New York City.

Image: Moby Dick, Or The Whale, Herman Melville, 2015
Ink on handmade paper, 96 x 564 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Pavel Zoubok Gallery. Photo by Thomas Little

University Art Gallery
College of Visual and Performing Arts
UMass Dartmouth, 715 Purchase Street, New Bedford, MA 02740
Contact: Viera Levitt, Gallery Director and Exhibition Curator,
Gallery Hours: 9 am - 6 pm daily, closed on major holidays.
Open until 9 pm during AHA! Nights (the second Thursday of every month).
Greg Lennes Kimble Bromley, Professor of Art at North Dakota State University, will exhibit his Moby-Dick painting series at the Muscatine Art Center (Iowa) from February 15th through April 12th, 2018. 2018-02-19T15:41:59+0000
Greg Lennes From Rhode Island Public Radio: "One Square Mile: Walk A Mile In Ishmael's New Bedford" by John Bender:
One Square Mile: Walk A Mile In Ishmael's New Bedford New Bedford is the destination for devotees of one famous literary leviathan -- Herman Melville's "Moby-Dick."
Greg Lennes From Aeon: Melville and Financial World by Matt Seybold.
Herman Melville "Confidence is the indispensable basis of all sorts of business transactions. Without it, commerce between man and man, as between country and country, would, like a watch, run down and stop."
—from "The Confidence-Man" by Herman Melville

via Aeon
Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the first CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: READING THE CONFIDENCE-MAN TODAY What types of interpretations come up when someone reads the The Confidence-Man in light of recent events? Presenters should offer short, reflective pieces (8 minutes) that provoke discussion. Although a lack of faith (or confidence) in political institutions is a major part of news reports today, presenters may focus on any of the topics brought up in Melville’s book, including stocks and finance, religious organizations, charity, racial identity, belief, and other considerations. Other approaches could include reflections on reading historically or the dynamics of re-reading today. Please send 250-word abstracts and brief bios to Rodrigo Lazo at by March 13.
Greg Lennes Melvillean Philosophy (Humor): "There are unknown worlds of knowledge in brutes; and whenever you mark a horse, or a dog, with a peculiarly mild, calm, deep-seated eye, be sure he is an Aristotle or a Kant, tranquilly speculating upon the mysteries in man. No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses." Redburn. His First Voyage - Chapter XL. :) 2018-02-16T21:00:37+0000
Robert Sandberg MLA Conference - 2019 - Chicago: The Melville Society's "Call for Papers" is now available on the Melville Society website
The Melville Society - Call for Papers: MLA 2019 - Reading The Confidence-Man Today & Melville’s Quarrel with Modernity A society dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville
Greg Lennes "Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour "(March 16th) - Frank Stella Artwork - discussion led by Robert K. Wallace at Pizzuti Collection in Columbus, Ohio:
Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour Join us on March 16 for a spotlight tour with Professor Robert K. Wallace. Robert will discuss the Moby Dick Deckle Edges prints in the context of other works by Stella on view in the Lines/Edges: Frank Stella On Paper exhibition.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman When I joined The Melville Society FB page last August, you were just breaking a thousand followers. And now you're about to break 2,000. Congratulations! Here is my latest contribution from my project to write a poem for every chapter in Moby-Dick. (Lines from the text are in quotations.) Chapter 59 - Squid. -- Plenty of action and violence takes place in this novel. But there are also days of calm . . . floating on a glassy sea without swells or even the promise of a leviathan and with no chatter from a listless crew . . . A 'profound hush' surrounds the Pequod as it drifts in the middle of nowhere, with 'a stillness almost preternatural spread over the sea'. At such a time, what goes on inside a sailor's mind? Thoughts of home? Other ways to earn a living? Ennui? As a man looks out over endless nothingness, do thoughts churn busily inside his skull . . . or is Ismael an Anomaly?
Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the second CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: MELVILLE'S QUARREL WITH MODERNITY In anticipation of an energized year in Melville studies (when on the 200th anniversary of his birth we consider Melville’s significance in the present moment) contributors to this panel will reflect on a vital but largely unexplored feature of Melville’s thinking: his quarrel with modernity. Melville is not recognized for the clarity of his philosophical arguments. At best, his philosophizing is dismissed as ingenious but muddled. But perhaps Melville’s philosophical arguments have been hard to grasp because they have been miscategorized; they have been taken to embody the ethos of the distinctively modern world (that is, after the defining work of Descartes and Locke) when in fact what they offer is nothing less than a wide-ranging rejection of modernity’s dominant assumptions. On this panel, accordingly, we will use Melville’s writing to turn a harsh light on some of the beliefs that characterize modern Western thought. Melville’s writing has meant many things to many people, but as yet it has not been seen as a way to unite or bring into conversation the growing number of theorists resisting the modernity narrative—theorists making an effort to knock down the edifice of dualism, think carefully about where the nature-culture binary has come from (and what we might imagine in its place), cast doubt on the view that the body is inessential to mind, and in other ways question the account of the world offered by the moderns. Please send 300-500 words and a vita to K.L. Evans at by March 19.
Chad Beck Moby-Dick is discussed at 39:00. Also relevant (and leading directly into M-D) is a discussion about Job (31:23).
Russell Brand & Jordan Peterson - Kindness VS Power | Under The Skin #46 Recently making the headlines after a combative interview about the gender pay gap with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, my guest today is Jordan Peterson, who disc...
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor for Valentine's Day - Melville's First Draft of Moby-Dick: Comic strip by Mikey Heller (2014) :) 2018-02-14T17:59:34+0000
Greg Lennes Moby-Dick stars on Antiques Roadshow on PBS TV (2/12/18) video - Appraisal of Moby-Dick edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent and published by Lakeside Press 1930.
Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set | Antiques Roadshow | PBS Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set in New Orleans, LA.
Greg Lennes The final volume of the Northwestern-Newberry THE WRITINGS OF HERMAN MELVILLE--LAST OF 15 VOLUMES in hardback - a major literary accomplishment. 2018-02-14T14:20:22+0000
Greg Lennes REMINDER: March 1st deadline for registration for the two-week program called “Teaching Melville” that will take place this summer in New Bedford. The Whaling Museum will host the event which will take place from June 17th through the 30th. Go to website for details.
Teaching Melville An Institute for School Teachers on Herman Melville’s "Moby-Dick" and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age
Karen Lentz Madison Melvilleans!
Robert Sandberg A Call for Book Proposals: From Richard King of the University Press of New England The University Press of New England and the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program seek book proposals for our “Seafaring America” series. We are looking for works in three categories: 1. Suggestions for timely reissues of forgotten, out-of-print American works of literary and cultural distinction, with new introductions that frame the work for a modern audience. 2. Proposals for anthologies and/or selected editions of writers’ work. 3. Proposals for books of original scholarship or of general interest, according to the series mission below. We have particular interest in underrepresented voices and “blue” environmental studies. _______________________ “Seafaring America” is a series of original and classic works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, populations, and geographical settings, the series strives to introduce, revive, and aggregate a wide range of exemplary and/or seminal stories about our American maritime heritage. This includes the accounts of First Peoples, explorers, voluntary and forced immigrants, women in maritime communities, fishermen, whalers, captains, common sailors, members of the navy and coast guard, marine biologists and oceanographers, and the crews of vessels ranging from lifeboats, riverboats, and tugboats to recreational yachts. “Seafaring America” introduces new stories of maritime interest and reprints books that have fallen out of circulation and deserve reappraisal. The series also publishes selections from well-known works that warrant reconsideration because of the lessons they offer about our relationship with our watery planet.
UPNE | Seafaring America Series Editor: Richard J. King, Williams College-Mystic SeaportSeafaring America is a series of original and classic works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, perspectives, and geographical s...
Greg Lennes To the wealthy Melvillean: Auction for a first edition of Moby-Dick ending March 7th. 2018-02-13T19:36:41+0000


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.


Click here for more information and application details.


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.


Click here for more information and application details.

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.