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.

Melville in Chicago | MLA 2014


Dear Melville Society Members and Guests:

Please plan to attend the Melville Society panel at MLA 2014 in Chicago on Friday, January  10, and the Melville Society dinner Friday evening.  The information for both events is listed below.

Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Executive Secretary
Joseph Fruscione, Associate Secretary for Programs & Conferences

The Melville Society



Melville Society Panel


Melville and Matter | Friday, January 10 |3:30–4:45 p.m., Armitage, Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by The Melville Society

Presiding: Timothy W. Marr, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

1. “Systems without Bodies: Moby-Dick’s ‘Ungraspable Phantom of Life,’” Alexander Erik Larsen, University of Notre Dame

2. “Melville’s Materialism: Is It in the Air?,” Meredith Farmer, Wake Forest University

3. “Denise Vulnerability: The Matter of Clarel’s Holy Land,” Amy R. Nestor, Georgetown Univeristy


Annual Melville Society Dinner

Friday, January 10, 7 p.m.

Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant

516 North Clark Street (near the corner of N. Clark St. and W. Grand Ave.)

Chicago, IL 60654


This year we will have a fixed-price Family Style Dinner, which includes two appetizers, two salads, two pastas, two entrees, and two desserts. The total price per person

(including tax and gratuity) is $60. per person.

Please let Joseph Fruscione know by December 30

if you are able to attend!

For reservations or questions, please contact Joseph Fruscione

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On the day of the event, please contact Mary K. Bercaw Edwards

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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.


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.