Our Website Revised and Updated

We are pleased to present a revised and updated website that now features Melville Society Blogs with contributions from the site edtior as well as from guest blogger, Robert Wallace, and the blog of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. Professor Wallace has generously shared his blog, which features richly illustrated essays and narratives related to the recent international conference in London and his several excursions to London art museums. The New Bedford Whaling Museum blog was included in the former version of our website, but not as an easy to read, full-column blog, but in a compressed, narrow module tucked away in the left sidebar.

The Melville Society Facebook page has been growing in the number of participants for the past six or so years. But being separate from the website, its many interesting, thoughtful, and informative posts may or may not be read by visitors who only frequent this website. To make it easy to keep abreast of the Facebook postings, we have installed a newsfeed module in the right sidebar that continuously updates and shows the ten most recent Melville Society Facebook posts. The module includes a link to the live Melville Society Facebook page. To further integrate the website with other social media, we now include at the bottom of each article a row of colorful link-icons that enable sharing not only with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Gmail, but various other social media platforms as well.

All of the Melville Society photos are hosted on the Melville Society Flickr page. But you do not have to go to the Flickr page to view them. The Melville Society website "Photos" page contains photo albums or collections that are synchronized with all of the Melville Society photo collections hosted by Flickr. You can view the photos on our website's "Photos" page one at a time or as a slide show. To view a website photo on Flickr, just click the chain-link icon in the lower right of the photo. When viewing the photos on Flickr you can download them at a resolution of your choice. In addition to our website's "Photos" page, there is a random image module in the right side bar that displays photos taken during the past twenty years or so. Clicking on the image in the module opens up a slide show.

Except for the blog and photos pages, our website now features in the header a slideshow that transitions between photos every five seconds. The photos are of Melville's home and farm at Arrowhead in Pittsfield, Massachussetts, and places he visited, or may have visited or seen. The slideshow replaces the static photo of a shelf of books published before 1891 that Melville may have owned or read. You can override the automatic transitions and move to the next picture by clicking one of the dots in the lower right. You will probably easily identify most of the photos; here is the complete list – Arrowhead, Shaker Village, Seaman's Bethel, three different views of Mt. Greylock, Hawthorne's Little Red House, the view from the Devil's Pulpit at the top of Monument Mountain, the Monument Mountain trail head, Balance Rock, Broadhall, Boston Harbor, the USS Constitution, Walden Pond, the Pantheon, Lake Pontoosuc, a mosque, and, of course, a whaling boat and a whale skeleton.

The donations and payment page has been revised to include two Paypal buttons: one with a dropdown menu; the other with a field in which a visitor can type in the purpose for the payment. These two buttons are now placed in the article itself; they were previously published in separate modules in the right sidebar. 

We plan on making more revisions, improvements, and additions to our website and welcome your comments and suggestions. We are forming a Melville Society communications committee to oversee the development, use, and maintenance of the website and its further integration with social media. With the imminent bicentennial of Melville's birth, we want to focus on optimizing our use of digital media. The already high interest in the life and works of Herman Melville is sure to grow at an accelerating rate during the next two years as we approach Melville's bicentennial on August 1, 2019. We hope you enjoy the new features and look of the website.

Robert Sandberg
Site Editor


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Current Facebook Posts

Greg Lennes From Boston Globe: "Berkshire hills have provided inspiration to Hawthorne, Melville, Rowling." https://www.boston.com/culture/travel/2017/09/22/berkshire-hills-have-provided-inspiration-to-hawthorne-melville-rowling
Greg Lennes Melville in the News: The New York Times cited Melville when Kim Jong-un, the North Korea leader, called President Trump a ‘Dotard.’ Melville used it in a poem, The Maldive Shark." “Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull, Pale ravener of horrible meat.” In the poem the pilot fish leads the dull shark to food. It is the "eyes and brains to the dotard" that is the shark. In turn the pilot fish seeks protection from the shark in times of trouble. The Maldive Shark About the Shark, phlegmatical one, Pale sot of the Maldive sea, The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim, How alert in attendance be. From his saw-pit of mouth, from his charnel of maw They have nothing of harm to dread, But liquidly glide on his ghastly flnak Or before his Gorgonian head; Or lurk in the port of serrated teeth In white triple tiers of glittering gates, And there find a haven when peril's abroad, An asylum in jaws of the Fates! They are friends; and friendly they guide him to prey, Yet never partake of the treat- Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull, Pale ravener of horrible meat. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/world/asia/trump-north-korea-dotard.html?mcubz=0
Eileen Valentino Flaxman Chapter 86 – The Tail “Woe to that sailor, whiskers and all” when the fluke of a whale upon him does fall and the oars and the crew around him do fly and he’s floatin’ on his back starin’ up at the sky Yea, a grudging respect is all he can feel for a wallop that lands with the weight of steel And the planks of the boat around him do sprawl “very much as a juggler tosses his balls” A mere man can offer little resistance Tis something to admire – but from a distance From my collection: a poem for every chapter in Moby-Dick . https://evflax.wixsite.com/ishmaelsapprentice. 2017-09-22T14:42:00+0000
Colin Dewey "FAYAWAY: Melville, Fantasy, and Fame." FREE! Saturday at 1pm. Final "Blue Room" lecture of the season. Presented by Colin Dewey, sponsored by Cal Maritime Dept. of Culture and Communication and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Blue Room Lecture Series - The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melvi Blue Room Lecture Series - The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melvi Blue Room Lecture Series - The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melville’s Persistent Connections with San Francisco Bay

The National Park Service and California State University Maritime Academy are partnering to present a series of free lectures for the public in 2017.

The Blue Room Lectures will be presented by professors from Cal Maritime and will take place in the Maritime Museum at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (900 Beach Street, San Francisco, in the Blue Room.) A Q & A period will follow each talk.

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:00 PM: “The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melville’s Persistent Connections with San Francisco Bay,” by Colin Dewey, Assistant Professor of English at Cal Maritime.
Hershel Parker Everything's up to date in the new NCE! 2017-09-16T14:11:22+0000
Hershel Parker I wonder how many will agree about the change since 2001. I see it in what is posted on this site. 2017-09-17T14:30:19+0000
Greg Lennes Here is the latest copy of "Leviathan" - Journal of Melville Studies - Volume 19 Number 2 June 2017: https://muse.jhu.edu/issue/36412
Luis Velez This from last year:
A Melville Marginalia Mystery nypl.org A researcher's reading of erased marginalia provides insight to Melville's thoughts on religion.
Greg Lennes From Washington Post: "On the trail of the author of ‘Moby-Dick’ in three New England towns" by Richard Selden.
On the trail of the author of ‘Moby-Dick’ in three New England towns washingtonpost.com In the ‘Melville Triangle,’ visitors learn about the author’s life and work — and, of course, whales.
Greg Lennes Melvillean Trivia- "Tom and Jerry" cartoon episode 122 - Dicky Moe 1962:) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kH2VInmBbAs

From Our Photo Collections

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