The Melville Society is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville, writer of Typee, Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd, such short stories as “Bartleby” and “Benito Cereno,” and several volumes of poetry, including Battle-Pieces and the epic Clarel
We publish the award-winning journal Leviathan which all members receive three times a year and which offers scholarly articles, book and art reviews, Society news, and Melville-related events. Membership is open to all. For information about Leviathan and joining The Melville Society click here.

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.

Modern Language Association - 2016 - Austin, TX

January 7 - 10


Melville's Late Fiction, or Radical Inhabitation

Dickinson, Melville, and Posthuman Poetics: Flash Talks


Melville Society and Joint Melville Society/Emily Dickinson Panels


Here are the lineups, finalized, with schedules, for the Melville Society/Emily Dickinson International Society panels at MLA 2016 in Austin, Texas. Dinner tentatively planned for Friday night - details will be forthcoming.


Friday, 8 January

331. Melville’s Late Fiction; or, Radical Inhabitation
1:45–3:00 p.m.

Program arranged by the Melville Society
Presiding: Colin Dewey, Vanderbilt University

1. "Converting the Heathen at Home," Justine S. Murison, University  of Illinois, Urbana
2. "The Iron Cross of Lombardy: Melville’s Algetic Landscape," Michael D. Snediker, University of Houston, University Park
3. "Melvillean Mimesis," Kim Leilani Evans, Cornell University 
Respondent: James D. Lilley, Univ. at Albany, State University of New York

Saturday, 9 January

684. Dickinson, Melville, and Posthuman Poetics: Flash Talks
5:15–6:30 p.m.

Program arranged by the Emily Dickinson International Society and the Melville Society
Presiding: Eliza Richards, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The panel explores the ways that androcentric traditions of literary criticism have limited our understanding of nineteenth-century poetic experimentation with categories of body, form, and environment. In five 8-minute formal papers, panelists investigate how nineteenth-century poets identified by their experimental poetics located authorial sovereignty at an indeterminate juncture between the human and the nonhuman.

Speakers: Stephanie Youngblood, Tulsa Community Coll., OK, Karen Leona Anderson, Saint Mary's Coll. of Maryland; Jason Bell, Yale Univ.; Michael Jonik, Univ. of Sussex; Brian Yothers, Univ. of Texas, El Paso

For titles and abstracts, click here to visit the Emily Dickinson International Society website.

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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.