whale-trp200Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies appears three times a year in March, June, and October. We welcome articles, notes, reviews, and creative writing on the life, works, and influence of novelist and poet Herman Melville (1819-1891). Click here for more information.

The Eaton Portrait

Herman Melville JOEaton 95ppi 250wBy permission of Houghton Library, Harvard University: 61Z-4

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Melville Electronic Library

mel-thumb-crpd-3The Melville Electronic Library is an online resource for Melville texts. Housed on a Hofstra University server, MEL is being developed and maintained by a group of Melville scholars and digital specialists.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Melville Society Cultural Project

Melville Society and New Bedford Whaling Museum Cultural Project The New Bedford Whaling Museum in collaboration with The Melville Society is the established home of the Melville Society Cultural Project and Melville Society Archive. The Melville Society Archive is housed at the New Bedford Whaling Museum's Research Library, where significant works from this collection are also on display. The Melville Society Cultural Project also sponsors a book donation program and presents exciting annual events including the Moby-Dick Marathon and a Birthday Lecture.

Herman Melville's Arrowhead

BHS FB HM portraitHerman Melville's Arrowhead Facebook Group page of the Berkshire Historical Society. Celebrating historical Berkshire County and Herman Melville's Arrowhead, the farm and home where Melville lived while writing Moby-Dick.

Call for Papers

Herman Melville Society

Panel for American Literature Association 2011 Meeting in Boston, MA

“Melville Among the Poets”

Melville’s accomplishment as a poet has received increasing attention over the last decade.  Driven by new editions of Melville’s poetry, archival discoveries, and growing critical engagement, the idea of Melville as a poet has gone from an afterthought to a concept that has reshaped the agenda of Melville studies.  Yet to treat Melville as a poet is still controversial: do his poems stand up to his prose achievements?  Is it valid to compare Melville’s work in these seemingly disparate genres?  Should we understand his career, as Hershel Parker has recently suggested, as a continuum of work that crosses genres?

One of the difficulties in finding a clear path to intensively studying Melville’s poetry is deciding what company we believe that Melville should, and does, keep among other poets.  Is he an Arnoldian Victorian? A forbidding answer to Whitman? A precursor of the rangy Modernist aesthetics of Pound and Zukofsky?  A postcolonial sojourner like Walcott?  A neo-Byron updating serio-comic poetics for postbellum America?  Does his poetry stand, like Moby-Dick, most in line with later writers, or is it more an engagement with his deep reading in Renaissance and neoclassical verse?  Are his best poetic kindred even from the Anglo-American world?

Proposals for papers linking Melville’s poetry (and/or prose) to one or more poets are welcome—any period and national or linguistic tradition will be considered, as will theoretical, historicist, formalist, or biographical approaches, as the hope is to offer widely varying models for ways in which we can and do contextualize Melville as a poet among poets.

Please send 1-2pp. proposals by January 7, 2011 to Chris Phillips as attachments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (include “ALA proposal” in subject line), or via mail to English Department, Lafayette College, Easton, PA 18042.  Proposers will be notified of decisions no later than January 20, 2011.

To download a copy of the Melville Among the Poets call for papers, [rokdownload menuitem="108" downloaditem="45" direct_download="true"]click here[/rokdownload].


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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.


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.


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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.