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Leviathan

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

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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.

Call for Submissions: Moby-Dick Poetry Anthology

In Moby-Dick, Melville describes his tattooed harpooner, Queequeg, as "a riddle to unfold; a wondrous work in one volume." In this description, Melville challenges readers to try to unfold or understand his own "wondrous work in one volume." Since the Melville Revival of 1930, Moby-Dick continues to inspire a multiplicity and diversity of interpretations and readers—critics, artists, dramatists, cartoonists, politicians, film-makers, dramatists, poets—to use a mosaic of means to respond to his novel.

In the anticipation of publishing an anthology of poems responding to Moby-Dick, we would like to invite poetry submissions of one-to-five pages (this may include several poems or one long poem), totaling no more than 1400 words. So many media offer viable modes of response to Moby-Dick, but perhaps it is in poetry that we might weave most intricately, dive most deeply in response to his novel.

Please send your submissions to Kylan Rice (b.kylan.riceATgmail.com) and Elizabeth Schultz (eschultzATku.edu) by July 1, 2016.

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Melville Society at San Francisco Opera for Moby-Dick

Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer

 Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 8 pm

San Francisco Opera

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The Melville Society and San Francisco Opera invite you to Moby-Dick on Saturday, October 13 at 8 pm. San Francisco Opera is pleased to offer Melville Society members a special 20% off tickets. To purchase tickets, visit: www.sfopera.com/offers – be sure to enter code: MELVILLE20

On Thursday, October 11, two days prior to the October 13, 8 pm performance, there will be a Symposium on the "Moby-Dick" opera with composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. It will be led by Samuel Otter (English Dept., Berkeley), Robert K. Wallace (English Dept., Northern Kentucky University), and John Kapusta (Music Dept., Berkeley). The Thursday October 11 Symposium will begin at 3 pm at 315 Wheeler Hall, University of California, Berkeley. The Symposium will likely be followed by a performance by one of the singers. Everyone is welcome.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported that this masterpiece of American literature has been transformed into “a vibrant, compelling piece of musical theater” by Dead Man Walking composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. A cast of brilliant singing actors is led by Ben Heppner as the fierce, obsessive whaling-boat captain whose descent into madness puts his crew in mortal danger.

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Moby-Dick

Syracuse Stage

October 10 - November 4, 2012 

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The Syracuse Stage is staging the play Moby-Dick — adapted by Julian Rad and directed by Peter Amsteras —  as one of the opening shows of their 40th season. The show opens October 12th and runs until November 4th, 2012. Syracuse Stage, founded in 1974, is a professional theater in residence at Syracuse University and is Central New York’s premier professional theatre.

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Three New Melville Plays at Arrowhead: The Melville Trilogy


Arrowhead


"Melvilles & Morewoods"

by Sally Filkins

 

A new play based on the life and works of Herman Melville

 

"Melvilles & Morewoods" will be performed at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA , Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings July 5th through July 21st at 7:30pm.

Tickets are $25 and include a pre-show reception at 7pm.

 

"Melville's Women"

by Sally Filkins

 

A new play based on the life and works of Herman Melville

 

"Melville's Women" will be performed at Herman Melville's Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield, MA on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from August 9th through September 2nd at 7:30 pm. Pre-performance reception at 7pm. Tickets for "Melville's Women" are $25. Due to limited seating capacity, reservations are recommended. For reservations and information, contact Betsy Sherman, Arrowhead, 413-442-1793, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., web site mobydick.org or Sally Filkins, "VOICES," 413-442-1928, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

"Melville, Haunted"

 

"Voices" Theatre Company, in collaboration with Berkshire Historical Society, will present a new historic Pittsfield play, "Melville, Haunted," during October at Arrowhead, Herman Melville's home and museum on Holmes Road in Pittsfield. "Melville, Haunted" is the first in a series of three original plays being developed by "VOICES" for production at Arrowhead during the next twelve months. "Melville, Haunted" will be followed by "Melvilles and Moorewoods" and "Melville's Women." "VOICES" is currently the resident theatre company at Arrowhead. During the 2011 Summer Season, "VOICES" collaborated with Berkshire Historical Society to produce "Shades of the Revolution" and "Sentimental Journey" for Pittsfield's 250th Anniversary.

 

"Melville, Haunted" opens on Thursday October 18th at 7:30 pm and plays Friday October 19, Saturday October 20, Thursday, October 25, Friday October 26th and Saturday October 27th. All performances are at 7:30 pm at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road in Pittsfield.

 

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Moby-Dick - Inside the Belly of the Beast
Presented by Darkstuff Productions

Tuesday 3 April until Thursday 19 April 

Darkstuff Productions (‘One of our favourite Bristol companies’ - Venue Magazine)  bring the Bierkeller Theatre’s inaugural season to a close by transforming the venue’s interior into Captain Ahab’s ill-fated ship The Pequod as it sails towards the legendary white whale Moby Dick. 

The company once again work with acclaimed director Anna Girvan to produce a unique promenade re-telling of one of the great American novels.  With a live musical score from composer Rarg this promises to be an exhilarating and unmissable re-telling of Herman Melville’s classic tale of obsession and revenge.

The play follows Captain Ahab on his quest to track down and kill Moby Dick. In his single-minded pursuit he risks his life and also the lives of his disparate crew. Written by Simon Harvey – Williams & Phil John Directed by Anna Girvan Live musical score by Rarg

For further info please contact either

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Performance Run - Tuesday 3 April until Thursday 19 April (Tues 3rd – Thurs 5th April Sun 8th – Thurs 12th April Sun 15th – Thurs 19th April)
Doors open 7.30pm Show Starts 8.15pm

TICKETS £10 ADVANCE
£12 ON THE DOOR
BOX OFFICE: 0117 930 4264

For more information, click here to visit the Bierkeller Theatre website.

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Melville Society Facebook Posts

Greg Lennes Today in Melvillean History: On January 22, 1921 an editorial appeared in the "London Nation" praising Melville's writings: “It is clear that the wind of the spirit, when it once begins to blow through the English literary mind, possesses a surprising power of penetration. A few weeks ago it was pleased to aim a simultaneous blast in the direction of a book known to some generations of men as Moby-Dick. A member of the staff of The Nation was thereupon moved in the ancient Hebrew fashion to buy and to read it. He then expressed himself on the subject, incoherently indeed, but with signs of emotion as intense and as pleasingly uncouth as Man Friday betrayed at the sight of his long-lost father. While struggling with his article, and wondering what the deuce it could mean, I received a letter from a famous literary man, marked on the outside ‘Urgent,’ and on the inner scroll of the manuscript itself ‘A Rhapsody.’ It was about Moby-Dick. Having observed a third article on the same subject, of an equally febrile kind, I began to read Moby-Dick myself. Having done so I hereby declare, being of sane intellect, that since letters began there never was such a book, and that the mind of man is not constructed so as to produce such another; that I put its author with Rabelais, Swift, Shakespeare, and other minor and disputable worthies; and that I advise any adventurer of the soul to go at once to the morose and prolonged retreat necessary for its deglutition.” :)
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Greg Lennes From Salt Lake Tribune: "‘Moby-Dick’ opera transforms a massive novel into a human-scaled epic"
‘Moby-Dick’ opera transforms a massive novel into a human-scaled epic sltrib.com One of America’s most intimidating novels is now one of its most compelling operas.
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Wyn Kelley Please get the word out! "MOBY-DICK and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age." NEH-funded Summer Teaching Institute to be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA) from June 17-30, 2018. Staffed by members of the Melville Society Cultural Project. March 1 deadline for teachers to apply for a spot. Spread the news!
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Colin Dewey Spread the word to K-12 teachers you know! What a golden opportunity!
Melville Electronic Library https://teachingmelville.org/ Please get the word out! "MOBY-DICK and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age." NEH-funded Summer Teaching Institute to be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA) from June 17-30, 2018. Staffed by members of the Melville Society Cultural Project. March 1 deadline for teachers to apply for a spot. Spread the news!
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Clifford Jacobs Herman Melville. Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx New York. 2018-01-18T20:37:34+0000
Greg Lennes "Bringing Moby-Dick to the People: A Reading Marathon as a Class Community Engagement Project" by Marlowe Daly-Galeano.
Bringing Moby-Dick to the People: A Reading Marathon as a Class Community Engagement Project teachingpals.wordpress.com PALS Note: We are thrilled to have this guest post by Marlowe Daly-Galeano, an associate professor of English at Lewis-Clark State College, about a class project to develop and host a reading marat…
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Eileen Valentino Flaxman I’ve never steered a ship at midnight nor dozed alongside a dead whale. Even so, I can relate to the hazards of lying awake – wherever situated – unable to still my mind . . . Chapter 96 – The Try–Works Whether your hand be on the tiller or the bedpost the night has a crafty way of turning dark things darker, scarier, more threatening. Especially at risk is that man prone to contemplation, for there are no limits to such a mind when the sun sets and the moon disappears. All one can do is pray for morning when the light of day puts to rest the torments of the night before. Chapter 117 – The Whale Watch Floating half-asleep beside a dead whale, a man's dreams turn toward death, and visions of hearses and coffins and gallows startle him awake. With a quick laugh and a vehement denial, he chases the fear away. “Immortal on land and on sea,” he insists, his hollow laugh ringing out over the empty, bleak night. He fools no one, not even himself. from my collection - 2018-01-19T16:01:06+0000
Colin Dewey
Why Does Moby-Dick (Sometimes) Have a Hyphen? smithsonianmag.com The hunt for the true story behind Melville's hyphen is as mysterious as the famous white whale
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Fernando Colavita "¿Y que sucedería si Ahab abandonara la búsqueda? Probablemente la pierna inexistente le dolería toda la vida" 2018-01-19T00:46:48+0000
Eli Ag Just started playing this but so far the details are fantastic. More like a board game then a video game, beautiful artwork too.
Picaresque Studio » Nantucket picaresquestudio.com Nantucket is a strategy seafaring game set in the golden age of American whaling, during the first half of the 19th century. The story takes place a few years after the disaster of the Pequod, where Captain Ahab and his crew lost their lives to Moby Dick. In the role of Ishmael, the only survivor of...
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Greg Lennes From the Melvilliana Blog: New research by Scott Norsworthy discovers that Melville's comic sketch "The Lightning-Rod Man" was reprinted in several contemporary newspapers, including the Albany Evening Journal (August 5, 1854). It was originally published in the August 1854 issue of Putnam's Monthly Magazine.
The Lightning-Rod Man, reprinted from Putnam's in the Albany Evening Journal and elsewhere melvilliana.blogspot.com Cyclopædia of Wit and Humor Originally published in the August 1854 issue of Putnam's Monthly Magazine , Melville's comic sketch "The...
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Greg Lennes FYI - "slight dash of flunkeyism" :)
Why Does Moby-Dick (Sometimes) Have a Hyphen? smithsonianmag.com The hunt for the true story behind Melville's hyphen is as mysterious as the famous white whale
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Brian Yothers Please see the attached CFP for an opportunity to submit essays for consideration for the "Melville at 200" special issues of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, in celebration of the 2019 bicentennial of Melville's birth. 2018-01-17T21:20:38+0000
Lawrence Klaes
“Therefore his shipmates called him mad”: The Science of Moby-Dick medium.com (In 2013, the Los Angeles Public Library asked me to write an essay about the science in Moby-Dick for an online celebration of the book…
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Lawrence Klaes
Carl Zimmer Looks at the Science of Moby-Dick patheos.com Moby-Dick is a literary masterwork, but science author Carl Zimmer examines the scientific depth of Herman Melville's greatest novel.
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Veselin Kuburovic Many thanks for accepting my request to join this group. I bought ``Billy Budd & Other Stories`` on January 8th. Anyone here willing to give good recommendation on this work?
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Greg Lennes The play based on Jana Laiz's book about Melville, "Billy Budd in the Breadbox!"
Berkshire Theatre Group Ahoy, Matey! History comes to life in the exciting and engaging new play, "Billy Budd in the Breadbox," about Herman Melville, author of "Moby Dick." Running at the Garage (in the Colonial Lobby) during 2018 School Vacation Week (2/18-2/24).

Featuring stirring stories about local Berkshire history, including Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, and Monument Mountain, "Billy Budd in the Breadbox," is suggested for ages 6 and up. Tickets are on sale now >> www.berkshiretheatregroup.org or call 413-997-4444. #intheberkshires #hermanmelville
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Greg Lennes From NPR: "Moby-Dick Marathon – Celebrating An American Literary Classic "
Moby Dick Marathon – Celebrating An American Literary Classic capeandislands.org On the frigid first weekend in January, crowds gathered inside the large gallery at the New Bedford Whaling Museum for the 22 nd annual Moby Dick Marathon.
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Fernando Colavita My favorite book ever... 2018-01-17T00:49:15+0000
Greg Lennes "The 22nd Moby Dick Marathon at New Bedford Whaling Museum" by Caroline Hack - enjoyable essay on the event!
The 22nd Moby Dick Marathon at New Bedford Whaling Museum - Caroline Hack carolinehack.com The 22nd Moby Dick Marathon at New Bedford Whaling Museum 2018
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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.

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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.