The Eaton Portrait

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

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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.

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

jhup-logoTo join the Melvillle Society and subscribe to Leviathan, visit Leviathan's Johns Hopkins University Press journal site by clicking here.

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.

2017 MLA Annual Convention

Philadelphia from 5 to 8 January 2017


Thursday, 5 January 3:30–4:45 p.m., 106B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Melville's Taxonomies
(abstract download link below)

The panel will look into how Melville's works from Mardi on treat matter, fashioning terrestrial landscapes, oceanic milieus and vegetal life into agencies that revise what counts as a person. Topics: Melville and natural histories, persons and things, biological politics, taxonomies of the human, organic and the inorganic, extinction, vegetal and animal life.

Presiding: Branka Arsic, Columbia Univ.

1. "Moby Dick and The Ecological Thought," Paul B. Downes, Univ. of Toronto

2. "Insect Arrangement: Melville’s Untimely Taxonomies," Monique Allewaert, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

3. "Organizing Melville," Maurice S. Lee, Boston Univ.

Respondent: Elisa Tamarkin, Univ. of California, Berkeley

Friday, 6 January 1:45–3:00 p.m., 106B, Pennsylvania Convention Center

Melville and Black Lives Matter
(abstract download link below)

This panel addresses how Melville’s art both speaks to racial crises and mediates philosophical dilemmas, political unrest, concepts of history etc. Black writers (Ralph Ellison, C.L.R. James, Toni Morrison, George Lamming, David Bradley, and more) turned to Melville’s literary forms and provocative content to engage historical and political transformation in the Americas. What is it in Melville’s aporias, assemblages, and abstractions that we can continue to excavate for it’s relevance to social conflict—especially conflict where racial/ethnic/queer difference is performed, expressed, and/or represented?

Presiding: Christopher Freeburg, Univ. of Illinois, Urbana

1. "C. L. R. James and Herman Melville: Moby-Dick as an Antitotalitarian Novel," Gary Vaughn Rasberry, Stanford Univ.

2. "Melville, Mutuality, and the Matter of Black Lives," Christine Ann Wooley, St. Mary's Coll., MD

3. "'Sinister Eye': The Shrouded Women of Melville’s Benito Cereno," Brenna Casey, Duke Univ.

Respondent: Ivy Wilson, Northwestern Univ.



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Melville Society Facebook Posts

Eileen Valentino Flaxman More advice from our whalers . . . From my collection Chapter 39 - First Night Watch - Stubb sits alone, mending a brace. Listen in on his 'philosophy' … We know not what lies in store, so Why not laugh? What's worry for? Why not laugh. The bubbles that break on your glass and mine, the froth on our lips from this ale divine - We smile and we grin guffaws to the brim cuz I'd rather not know 'what's coming, my friend. Why not laugh? Chapter 68 - The Blanket - We watch Ishmael in the aftermath of the slaughter ... (lines in quotations are from the text). In the midst of cutting the carnage, "herein we see the rare virtue of a strong individual vitality." Man conquers nature once again. But it takes many men to accomplish the deed and only one to question it and begin to think of a better way.
Greg Lennes Bartleby Satire!
I Cannot Recommend My Former Coworker Bartleby for Your Scrivening position Dear fellow Scrivener, Thanks for reaching out regarding a reference for Bartleby, who you say has applied for a scrivening position on your team. ...
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor: From Tin Foil Hat Comics -
Greg Lennes Melvillean TV trivia: This is from the first episode of "The X-Files" in 2012. The main characters Mulder and Scully muse about "Moby-Dick" and cannibalism and life.
Greg Lennes Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Presents: THE JOURNEY. This performance will take place Thursday April 19, 2018 – Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the newly renovated Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre (820 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02446). "Moby Dick thought he met his match with Captain Ahab, but then Ahab’s wife arrived."
InMotion Theater: THE JOURNEY | Arts Administration InMotion Theater: THE JOURNEY Boston University’s College of Fine Arts Presents: THE JOURNEY. This performance will take place Thursday April 19, 2018 – Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the newly renovated Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre (820 Commonwealth Ave Boston, MA 02446). Moby Dick thought he met his ...
Greg Lennes High school teacher Kate Walker shows how to teach Moby-Dick :) As she says: "You know you've made an impression on students with "Moby-Dick" when they find you a whale sweater."
Greg Lennes Today in Melvillean History: The first American edition of " White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War" was published March 21, 1850 by Harper & Brothers, New York. The first British edition was published January 23, 1850 by Richard Bentley, London.
S Ye Laird dear all, this is my poetry magazine... cover is one of our editor's drawing... somehow it reminded me of 'Moby Dick'. In our archive, Eileen's poems are greatly appreciated by our readers. I'd love to feature more from her 135 chapters so that I may send her a print-copy! Cheers, Eileen.
Greg Lennes The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA presents JMW Turner’s Whaling Pictures & "Moby-Dick" with Storyteller, Tom Lee on Saturday, March 24th.
Mindy Wallis The New Bedford Whaling Museum, in partnership with Mystic Seaport, has developed the world's most comprehensive whaling history database and it is now available for all to use at Researchers, genealogists, students, teachers, and history buffs alike will find it to be the most robust and useful repository of whaling history documentation and scholarship.
Whaling History – Connecting All Things Whaling William Bradford, The Port of New Bedford from Crow Island, 1854, oil painting. New Bedford Whaling Museum, 1975.18 Whale oil provided fuel for lighting and lubrication for the gears of the industrial revolution, until it was replaced by petroleum products in the mid-nineteenth century. The whali....


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.