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 membes 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.

Nathaniel Hawthorne Society CFPs

One for MLA and

One for a Special Issue of The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

Nathaniel Hawthorne Review

MLA 2016 CFP:
"Hawthorne and Milton"

Co-sponsored by The Nathaniel Hawthorne Society and The Milton Society

Connections sought include images of nation; uses of bible and classical mythology; representations of gender and sexuality; race and racism; aesthetic theory; early and later careers.

250 word abstracts by 1 March 2015; David Greven (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Ann Coiro (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Nathaniel Hawthorne Review
Hawthorne and Influence: Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the Romantics

Papers are sought for a special issue of The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review on this topic that will be edited by David Greven. Ideally, papers will focus on some aspect of Hawthorne's intertextual engagement with Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and/or Romanticism. Essays that explore the intersections among aesthetics, gender, sexuality, and/or race will be especially welcome, but any topic will be welcome. Once a prominent aspect of literary criticism and theory, the question of influence has been relegated to the sidelines and classified as redolent of a discarded "humanism." This special issue seeks to revisit the question of influence in order to engage anew with its aesthetic and political potentialities without reinstating its traditional conservatism. A major university press has expressed interest in an edited collection that will stem from this special issue.

Essays should be between 6000-8000 words. Please submit proposals and CVs to David Greven (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by March 30, 2015; completed essays will be due by September 1, 2015.

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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.