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

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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.

MLA 2018 Annual Convention, New York, NY

4 to 7 January 2018

Dinner Location Changed Due to Blizzard - See Below

Annual Dinner on Thursday, January 4 - Panel on Friday, January 5
Details Below


Melville Society Panel

Friday, January 5, 2018
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Sheraton - New York Ballroom East

Political Philosophy in Melville
Organizer & Chair, Munia Bhaumik (Emory University)

1. Michael Jonik (University of Sussex)
"Diogenes in Disguise": Cynicism and Politics in The Confidence-Man"
2. Ana Schwartz (University of Pennsylvania)
"Killers, Whales"
3. Paulo M. Loonin (Washington University in St. Louis)
"Melville and Democratic Portraiture: Moby-Dick as American Laocoon"
4. Nathan Wolf (Tufts University)
"'Dead then I'll be': Melville, Hobbes, and the Death of Politics"

Respondent, Jennifer Greiman (Wake Forest University)


Annual Melville Society MLA Dinner
Thursday, January 4, 2018
6:15 PM 
Location Changed Due to Blizzard
We are now dining at Del Frisco's Grill in the Rockefeller Center
50 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10020

Today, Thursday, January 4, because of the snowstorm, we had to relocate our dinner to another restaurant — Del Frisco's Grille at 6:15. If you’ve confirmed your reservations with Associate Secretary Meredith Farmer, you should have received an email with the new arrangements. We have rebooked for 6:15 Del Frisco’s Grille, which is also at Rockefeller center. Please check your messages and we’ll see you soon!! You can contact Meredith Farmer at

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and type Melville Society Events at the MLA as the subject. 

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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.