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Detailed Container List


BOX 3: Dickinson (37 Folders)


3: Folder 1

Amherst College (Cole, Charles), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1956: (3 items)

Request to Leyda to catalogue and “put in proper shape” Mrs. Bingham’s materials on Emily Dickinson “for preservation and scholarly use.” Materials were to be donated by Mrs. Bingham.






3: Folder 2

Bingham, Millicent Todd, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1956: (28 items)

Millicent Todd Bingham (1880-1968) was the daughter of Mabel Loomis Todd who dedicated her life to editing the manuscripts and poems of Emily Dickinson.  Upon Mabel Loomis Todd’s death, Millicent took over the tedious task of editing Emily Dickinson’s poems.  She was editing several Dickinson pieces when Jay Leyda began his research, also on Emily Dickinson. These pieces included Emily Dickinson’s Home (Harper & Brothers, 1955) and Emily Dickinson, a Revelation (Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1954). They helped each other recover information about relevant dates, persons, places and relationships, and provided each other with feedback. They also shared an interest in knowing if Rev. Charles Wadsworth (“C.W”), father of famed Dr. William Scott Wadsworth, Philadelphia’s medical examiner and pathologist, was Emily Dickinson’s spiritual advisor.  See also Box 3: Folder 1 Amherst College, regarding Bingham’s collection of Dickinson papers. See also Box 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward for more on Wadsworth.


undated                                 estimated  Sep-1954 



22-Sep-1954                         (*notes from Leyda on back)

01-Oct-1954                          (*notes from Leyda on back)











29-Mar-unknown year        estimated 1955



3: Folder 2    (continued from previous page) Bingham, Millicent Todd



undated                     estimated between Jun 22-29, 1955                    (draft from Leyda)






02-Dec-1955             (from Leyda)




3: Folder 3

Bookstores / Booksellers & Collectors, correspondence with Jay Leyda undated, 1954: (6 items)

All letters are responses to Leyda’s search for materials relating to Emily Dickinson.


undated                     (Hillcrest Book Shop)

31-Aug-1954             (Harry A. Levinson, Rare & Precious Books)

09-Sep-1954             (William P. Wreden, Antiquarian Booksellers Association)

10-Sep-1954             (The Union League Club)

22-Sep-1954             (Mabel Zahn, Charles Sessler, Bookseller and Printseller)

27-Sep-1954             (Donald L. LaChance, Rare, Choice & Current Books)


3: Folder 4

Connecticut Valley Historical Museum (Juliette Tomlinson), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1956: (3 items)

Correspondence is both personal and professional in nature with specific mention of “the Merriam stuff.”






3: Folder 5

DuPont, Marcella, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1955: (2 items)

Refers to a letter that Leyda wrote to Mary Hampson in search of documents relating to Emily Dickinson.





3: Folder 6

Haight, Gordon Sherman, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1955: (1 item)

Gordon S. Haight (1901-1985) was a biographer of women writers of the nineteenth century and a George Eliot scholar. He was an English Professor at Yale University at the time of this correspondence.  Correspondence refers to help Leyda provided Haight while writing an unidentified book, but with a reference to the “Lamartine portrait.”



3: Folder 7

Hampson, Mrs. Alfred Landis (Mary), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1955: (1 item)

Mary Landis Hampson was of a friend of Emily Dickinson's niece Martha Dickinson Bianchi, and the last resident of The Evergreens, the villa of Emily Dickinson's brother Austin and his wife Susan. She lived next door to the Dickinson Homestead. Letter refers to Dickinson material owned by Harvard.




3: Folder 8

Harcourt, Brace & Company, Inc. (Jerold Hickey), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1951-1955: (1 item)

Refers to an article in Harper’s Bazaar on “Emily Dickinson’s Lover” (Nov. 1951).


31-Oct-1951              (article enclosed)


3: Folder 9

Harper & Brothers (Elizabeth Laurence), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (1 item

Relates to the possibility of reissuing of the 1931 Emily Dickinson Letters.




3: Folder 10

Harvard University, Library of (William A. Jackson), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (1 item).

Discusses access to Millicent Todd Bingham’s Dickinson material.




3: Folder 11

Haverford College Library (Anna B. Hewitt), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (1 item)

Anna Hewitt was the Assistant Curator of The Quaker Collection at Haverford and responds to Leyda’s inquiry regarding the contents of Charles Roberts Autograph Collection.




3: Folder 12

Johns Hopkins University (M.L.Raney), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1956: (1 item)

Mr. Raney expresses interest in reading what Leyda’s “new disclosures will be” in his new book regarding the relationship between Dickinson and the Reverend Charles Wadsworth. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward for more on Wadsworth.




3: Folder 13

Johnson, Thomas Herbert, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1953-1955: (8 items)

See also Box 3: Folder 10, New England Quarterly.

Thomas H. Johnson ((1902-1985), renowned Dickinson scholar, was a English Professor at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, N.J. at the time of this correspondence.  In the letters, Johnson consults Leyda on various Dickinson matters as he was writing Emily Dickinson: An Interpretative Biography (Belknap Press, 1955) and editing The Poems of Emily Dickinson (Harvard University Press, 1955). Johnson also mentions the mystery behind “CW” referring to whether or not “CW” was, in fact, the Reverend Charles Wadsworth and the nature of the relationship. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box: 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward. Of interest may be an unpublished letter of Emily to a “Mr. Sanborn” that C. Waller Barrett, of the Seven Gables had just purchased. See 3: Folder 27: Ward  for more on Johnson.


10-Mar-1953             (a returned letter from Leyda, to May Geneviene Hardy, with handwritten

note to Johnson; Johnson’s handwritten reply in upper left corner).





undated, unsigned postcard


12-Oct-1955              (transcript of an unpublished letter to “Mr. Sanborn” attached)


3: Folder 14

Library of Congress, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1955: (4 items)

Refers to the review written by Leyda on Bingham’s book, Emily Dickinson’s Home in The United States Quarterly Book Review and includes a copy. Draft of review is also included with a handwritten note to Blickenstein, the editor of the USQBR, Library of Congress.




copy of Review

undated                                 estimated 1955 (Leyda’s draft of review, note to Blickenstein)


3: Folder 15

Milwaukee County Historical Society (Frederick T. Olson), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (3 items)

Letters relate to the Historical Society’s suggestion for Leyda to write a “short piece with a Milwaukee setting” for the Historical Messenger.  Also included are references to “J.L. Dudley”, (Reverend John Langdon Dudley), and a search for letters with Amherst friends, including Dickinson, Middletown parishioners, the Coleman and Fiske families, and Helen Maria Fiske Hunt Jackson (author and Dickinson friend and enthusiast).



undated                                 estimated 19-Aug-1954 (draft from Leyda)



3: Folder 16

New England Quarterly (Katharine Thompson), correspondence with Jay Leyda undated: (1 item)

Thompson is pleased that Leyda has agreed to review Thomas Johnson’s Emily Dickinson, and “is sending it along.”  Note mentions Betty Bezanson.




3: Folder 17

New Republic (Robert Evett), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1955: (4 items)

Letters refer to an article Leyda wrote on Dickinson for the New Republic.







3: Folder 18

Papers of Thomas Jefferson (Julian P. Boyd), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1955: (1 item)

Letter relates to an unidentified proposal Leyda made to Boyd, possibly an offer to conduct research, but on what remains unclear. Boyd also makes references to Lyman Butterfield, possibly the “Mr. Butterfield” from Box 1: Folder 59: Outgoing Drafts.




3: Folder 19

Pohl, Josephine Pollitt, correspondence with Jay Leyda undated, 1955: (3 items)

Correspondence is both friendly and professional. Once a Dickinson scholar and author of a 1930 book on Dickinson, Josephine provides Leyda with feedback and insights on Dickinson.  She praises Leyda for his article in the New Republic, comments on Bingham’s Emily Dickinson’s Home, and refers to the interpretation of the Rev. Charles Wadworth’s relationship to Dickinson. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box: 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward.






3: Folder 20

Providence Public Library (Stuart C. Sherman), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1953-1954: (1 item)


Stuart Sherman was the Assistant Librarian at the time of the correspondence and responds to an inquiry from Leyda about a possible Dickinson collection at the Providence Public Library.




3: Folder 21

Seven Gables Bookshop (C. Waller Barrett, R.T. Roberts), correspondence with Jay Leyda undated, 1954-1955: (3 items)

Leyda writes the owner of Seven Gables Bookshop, C.W. Barrett, Collector of old and rare books in the hopes that a “manuscript scrap” of Dickinson’s may be tracked down in his collection in time for Tomas H. Johnson’s publication of The Poems of Emily Dickinson (Harvard University Press, 1955).  Subsequent correspondence takes place between R.T. Roberts, on behalf on Mr. Barrett, and Leyda regarding two short notes found on Dickinson.  The two short notes are transcribed in the 01-Nov-1954 letter from Roberts.


undated                     estimated 25-Sep-1954       (draft from Leyda to Barrett)

01-Nov-1954             (reply from Roberts)

undated*                    estimated       Nov. 1954      (draft from Leyda, to Roberts)


*written on the back of a telegram from “Sergei,” possibly Sergei Bertensson – see Box 2: Folder 2: Bertensson.            


3: Folder 22

Todd, Minister G. Hall, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1955: (8 items)

G. Hall Todd was the Minster of the Arch Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia at the time of this correspondence. He was a friend and probably the Minister of the famous Dr. William Scott Wadsworth, Philadelphia’s medical examiner and pathologist, who was, in turn, the son of the late Reverend Charles Wadsworth. Leyda had an unsigned letter to Emily Dickinson monogrammed “CW”, and believed it to be from the Reverend Charles Wadsworth. Leyda also believed the Reverend to be Emily’s spiritual advisor, contrary to others’ held beliefs that “CW” was possibly Emily’s lover. Leyda writes to Todd in the hopes that he may help resolve this mystery by speaking with Dr. Wadsworth and arranging a meeting between Wadsworth and Leyda.  Dr. Wadsworth becomes ill and passes away before a definite resolution on this matter is possible. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box: 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward for more on Wadsworth.



undated                     estimated late Oct. 1954     (draft from Leyda)





undated                     estimated early Mar. 1955  (draft from Leyda)

20-Mar-1955             (Dr. Wadsworth’s obituary attached)


3: Folder 23

Trustees of Forbes Library (Lawrence E. Wikander), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1956: (1 item)


This letter is a reply to Leyda’s inquiry about information regarding a Sidney E. Bridgeman, his family, and an unidentified book Leyda sought.




3: Folder 24

University of California (Lawrence Clark Powell), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1953: (1 item)

Letter recommends a private collection of Emily Dickinson letters be offered to Harvard, and turns down a third party offer to purchase a Lewis Carroll collection.




3: Folder 25

Van Boven, Alice, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (1 item)

Alice Van Boven writes to Leyda about a collection of Amherst letters in which she determines at least one to be from her grandmother to Miss Vinnie Dickinson (Lavinia).  Van Boven alludes to and affirms Leyda’s suggestion to give the collection, once sorted, to UCLA




3: Folder 26

Wadsworth photographs, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (2 items)

Letters relate to the search for a photograph of the Reverend Charles Wadsworth. Leyda purchased one from The Presbyterian Historical Society.  Subsequently, American Heritage magazine wrote to Leyda asking if he had any photographs of Wadsworth. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box: 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs; and Box 3: Folder 29: Ward for more on Wadsworth.


11-Oct-1954              (Guy S.. Kleitt, Dept. of History, Presbyterian Historical Society)

30-Dec-1954             (Stephen Sears, American Heritage)


3: Folder 27

Walter, Dorothy C., correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (1 item)

Dorothy Walter shares her insights on Dickinson.




3: Folder 28

Ward, Theodora Van Wagenen, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954-1956: (17 items)

Theodora Van Wagenen Ward (1890-1974), was the granddaughter of Dr. Josiah Gilbert Holland and Elizabeth (Chapin) Holland, friends and correspondents of Emily Dickinson. Theodora was an artist (wood block carvings) and Dickinson scholar. Author of many Dickinson pieces herself, she was also Thomas H. Johnson’s Editorial Assistant at Belknap Press and Harvard University Press at the time of this correspondence.  Letters relate to the arrangements made between Bingham and Harvard University Press for the release of Bingham’s materials and permission for Johnson to publish his work a year after Bingham’s publication. Ward and Leyda also shared information and advice about Dickinson.Ward was writing her own essay, entitled, “Ourself Behind Ourself – an Interpretation of the Crisis in the Life of Emily Dickinson”, and was seeking its publication. Harvard University Library eventually published this piece in 1956. Of interest may be correspondence regarding “secret” Bingham documents on Emily Dickinson that Leyda was privy to and shared with Ward. Some mention of Wadworth. See also Box 3: Folder 2: Bingham; Box: 3: Folder 12: Johns Hopkins University; Box 3: Folder 13: Johnson; Box 3: Folder 19: Pohl; Box 3: Folder 23: Todd; and Box 3: Folder 27: Wadsworth photographs.









undated         estimated between 26-Feb and 11-Mar-1955 (draft from Leyda on blue paper)











3: Folder 29

Williams, Stanley T.,correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (2 items)

Stanley T. Williams, English Professor at Yale University, refers to Leyda’s Dickinson manuscript. See also Box 3: Folder 30: Yale University Press for an excerpt from Williams on Leyda’s book on Dickinson.


undated                     (possible draft by Leyda)

21-Aug-1954             (postcard)


3: Folder 30

Williams, Mrs. Arthur L (Theresa Wright Williams), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1953: (1 item)

Theresa Wright Williams’s great aunt was Mrs. Sarah Taylor Fowler who was  “written [of] so affectionately” by Emily Dickinson.  Mrs. Williams shares what she knows about her family genealogy concerning the Wrights, Fowlers, and Dickinsons, and some friends and neighbors.




3: Folder 31

Yale University Press (Mr. Davidson and Roberta Yerkes), correspondence with Jay Leyda 1955-1956: (4 items)

Letters relate to the publication of  The Years and Hours of Emily Dickinson (Yale University Press, 1960).







3: Folder 32

Zermer, Louise Gray, correspondence with Jay Leyda 1954: (2 items)

Correspondence relates to Leyda’s search for more information on Edward Dickinson’s friend, Mr. Eastman and his family, of whom Gray refers to in an article she wrote for the Illinois English Bulletin.


undated                     estimated Aug-1954            (draft from Leyda)



Chronological Correspondence


3: Folder 33

Incoming, undated, correspondence with Jay Leyda: (3 items)


undated         (Anna Scannell [uncertain])

undated         (Birtha Van Riper Overbury)

undated         (“bd”)


3: Folder 34

Incoming 1953, correspondence with Jay Leyda: (2 items)


25-Feb-1953(John Moffit, Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center)

07-Apr-1953  (Kimball C. Elkins, Harvard College Library, Archives)


3: Folder 35

Incoming 1954, correspondence with Jay Leyda: (4 items, 5 letters)


10-Sep-1954             (LOOK, Cowles Magazines Inc.)

12-Oct-1954*             (2 notes from an unknown correspondent, “Jean,” includes third party)

08-Nov-1954             (Winifred Hicks, City of Grand Rapids, Michigan)

07-Dec-1954             (Milton E. Saul, The Caliban Press)


*Typed letter to a third party, “Mildred”, asking her to recall the name of a woman who destroyed some letters written by Emily Dickinson while moving into an “old house in New England.” Jean’s handwritten note to Leyda is on the bottom in pencil.




3: Folder 36

Incoming 1955, correspondence with Jay Leyda: (2 items)


24-Jan-1955             (Sophia Ehrlich)

02-Mar-1955             (Lola Gruenthal)


3: Folder 37

Outgoing, undated, drafts by Jay Leyda: (3 items, 5 letters)


undated                     (to “Harl,” Harl  Cook)

undated                     (to “Mrs. Carson”)

undated photocopy (to “Prof. Tinker,” possibly Chauncey Brewster Tinker;  “Willard,” likely Willard L. Thorp; and “Mr. Williams,” possibly Stanley T. Williams).





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Greg Lennes From The Stanly News & Press in Albemarle, North Carolina: "Stanly Early College saves the whales." Moby-Dick inspires high school students:)
Stanly Early College saves the whales Three Stanly Early College students recently held a fundraiser to help save the whales.
Greg Lennes Lecture: "The Natural History of Moby-Dick: Ishmael, the Marine Biologist, the Environmentalist, and a Climate Refugee?" Thursday, December 7, 2017 6:00pm -7:30pm. The lecture is by Dr. Richard King, research associate at Williams Mystic. It will be held at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History 165 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA, 93950, PHONE: (831) 648-5716
Lecture: The Natural History of Moby-Dick: Ishmael, the Marine Biologist, the Environmentalist, and a Climate Refugee? Join us Thursday, December 7th, from 6-7:30 p..m. for this multimedia lecture on Moby Dick with Dr. Richard King, research associate at Williams Mystic.
Greg Lennes The winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in literature is Kazuo Ishiguro. He is a Japanese-born British writer who is best known for his 1989 novel "The Remains Of The Day." In the book "Conversations with Kazuo Ishiguro" when he was asked about American writers, who influenced him, he commented: "Moby-Dick" is a crazy book, yet very interesting." He didn't go into detail :)
Eileen Valentino Flaxman Is there any hope for Ahab? Is there a moment when he might have turned back? (note: lines in quotations are from the text). Moby-Dick, Chapter 132 – The Symphony. “Is Ahab, Ahab? Is it I, God, or who, that lifts this arm” like a conductor orchestrating azure melodies that float before my wondering eyes? Like music accompanied by a gentle breeze, it conjures up home, and wife, and boy and a pillow left behind, all quietly beckoning. And if the great sun itself that doth shine down on us all be only, “an errand boy of heaven,” what of me?? What power doth make this tune turn to ravings and dark thoughts nailing me to a vendetta as surely as a butterfly pinned to a page with no escape? Can I lift this arm turn off this craving and find another song?
Greg Lennes Explore the Melville Trail! Herman Melville’s work belongs to the world, and it was the Berkshires that inspired him. Explore the landscapes that inspired Melville by following the Melville Trail. A partnership of the Berkshire Historical Society at Arrowhead, The City of Pittsfield, Berkshire Athenaeum and The Trustees of Reservations, the Melville Trail deepens our understanding of Herman Melville’s connection to and love of many places in Berkshire County. Four of his most beloved places now have permanent interpretive panels: Arrowhead, Pontoosuc Lake, Berkshire Athenaeum and Monument Mountain. Included on the trail are eight more places that Melville visited. Park Square, Hancock Shaker Village, Crane Museum of Paper Making, Balance Rock, Lenox Court House, Tanglewood/Hawthorne Cottage, October Mountain and, of course, Mount Greylock.
Greg Lennes American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen on Moby-Dick: In a recent interview with Variety Magazine Springsteen said: "The last thing I read that jumped out like “man you gotta read this” was “Moby Dick,” which I’d never read, and which ended up not being as intimidating as people claim — it was actually a boys’ adventure story that was particularly well told,
Greg Lennes Melvillean Reminder: Public Reading: Moby Dick — Iowa City Book Festival. Moby Dick will be read from the steps of the Old Capitol on Tuesday, October 10th, and Wednesday, October 11th, and from under the giant whale skeleton in Macbride Hall (17 North Clinton Street, Iowa City, IA 52240) on Thursday, Oct. 12. Please sign up for a 20 minute reading slot at
Old Capitol Museum | Hoopla The Old Capitol Museum reflects the diverse cultural environment of Iowa and by engaging the community in cultural and education programs enlivens Iowa history.
Greg Lennes From Washington Post: "On the trail of the author of ‘Moby-Dick’ in three New England towns" by Richard Selden.
On the trail of the author of ‘Moby-Dick’ in three New England towns In the ‘Melville Triangle,’ visitors learn about the author’s life and work — and, of course, whales.
Greg Lennes The Jungle Theater in Minneapolis will present Leo Geter’s play “Ishmael,” adapted from Melville’s “Moby-Dick.” Twin Cities-based actor-singer-songwriter Jack Weston will portray all 12 characters; Geter will direct. It scheduled for January 13 to February 4, 2018. The Jungle Theater is located at 2951 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408. Telephone number is 612-822-7063. MORE DETAILS LATER.
Greg Lennes Theatre Coup d'Etat to Present Original Adaptation of MOBY-DICK in Minneapolis, MN in November:
Theatre Coup d'Etat to Present Original Adaptation of MOBY DICK Herman Melville's Moby Dick has been called the 'greatest American novel'. This adaptation illustrates what truly makes America great - diversity, inclusion, and hard work. Coup d'Etat's Moby Dick is the story of a diverse crew of sailors working during the height of the whaling industry, as told th...
Ralph Savarese Greetings. At the link below you'll see a talk I gave with the nonspeaking autistic writer Tito Mukhopadhyay at Duke University. We read and discussed MOBY DICK two chapters a week for 16 months. Tito and I then visited Arrowhead and Mystic Seaport (thanks to Mary K Bercaw Edwards). In the first half, I share Tito's marvelous responses to the novel, and in the second half he takes questions from the audience. In 2019 Duke UP will publish my book SEE IT FEELINGLY: CLASSIC NOVELS, AUTISTIC READERS, AND THE SCHOOLING OF A NO-GOOD ENGLISH PROFESSOR. The first chapter takes up my experience with Tito and MOBY DICK.
Tito Mukhopadhyay & Ralph Savarese | Classical Autism and the Instruction of Literature | Duke John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Tito Mukhopadhyay and Grinnell College's Ralph Savarese have been reading and discussing literature by Skype for years. Mukhopadhyay, who has been described as “severely autistic,” types his comments on the sidebar while Savarese, who has been described as “neurotypical,” speaks. The former has neve...
Greg Lennes Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota) on Frank Stella, Moby-Dick artist.
Greg Lennes On September 30th the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band performed "Of Sailors and Whales" - A multi-movement tone poem inspired by Melville's 'Moby- Dick.' It was held at Everett Middle School in San Francisco. Here is a video of the event.
Of Sailors and Whales by W. Francis MacBeth, performed by the SFLGFB This tone poem is based on five scenes from Herman Melville's Moby Dick. I. Ishmael 0:15 - "I go to sea as a simple sailor." II. Queequeg 4:12 - "It was quit...
Greg Lennes From Berkshire Eagle on Elizabeth Doss' play "Poor Herman"
'Poor Herman': the good, the bad and the in between PITTSFIELD — The maniacal sea captain, the mad-cap whaling ship, the crewmen from New England and the Ocean Islands sleeping peacefully in a lantern-lit tavern in New Bedford — the book …
Eileen Valentino Flaxman Chapter 109 – Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabin “Beware of thyself, old man,” warns Starbuck, long years with Ahab shoring up his resolve to speak candidly - hang the consequences. A shred of prudence perhaps remorse, even decency, calms the furrows in Ahab’s brow and reminds him that lunacy is a choice But despite Starbuck’s entreaties, Ahab sinks yet lower, leading to this scene in Chapter 123 – The Musket Ahab wrestles with the Devil in his sleep as Starbuck hovers outside the door, knowing his captain’s awakening will unleash even more madness Save thyself, Starbuck! Cradling the musket once aimed at you could end this delirium and turn the Pequod home Save thyself, Starbuck! Your wife! Your boy! Yourself! Thirty sailors who will live! The Devil tosses in his sleep Do it now Do it now Do it now Save thyself, Starbuck! from
Greg Lennes More from the Melville Collection at the Newberry Library in Chicago:)
Newberry Library Herman Melville has been memorialized in countless pieces of art (and kitsch!) since his death #onthisday in 1891. So today Will Hansen, Curator of Americana, gave us a tour of the tchotchkes of the Melville collection, including a shard of wood (possibly from a whaling ship), lightly used pillows, a stuffed whale mascot for the collection, and all manner of whale paraphernalia!
Robert Sandberg Caroline Hack's artist's book series, “Cetology,” at the Newberry Library.
Newberry Library Artist Caroline Hack created her artist’s book series “Cetology” based on Melville’s classification of whales in chapter 32 of Moby Dick. The complete set of 12 arrived at the Newberry yesterday and will soon be cataloged as part of our Melville Collection!
Greg Lennes The Melville Collection at the Newberry Library (Chicago) on twitter - "A little teaser for our Melville exhibit coming in his bicentennial year, 2019."
John Gretchko Apparently, I do not understand why I am being invited to write on FaceBook when I only intend to write here. I will repeat what I wrote there. In January 1931, Alexander Calder and his new wife, Louisa James, a grandniece of Henry and William James, sailed for France. On the voyage they read Moby-Dick together. This is no grand event, but it may be the first known time of a reading of the novel at sea. More to the point, did they comment on the novel in letters? Is there any such evidence in Calder biographies? Given another lifetime I may understand technology!
Greg Lennes From the Valley News (Lebanon, NH): "Art Notes: Painter (Christopher Volpe) Uses Oils and Tar to Plumb Darkness of ‘Moby-Dick’ "
Art Notes: Painter Uses Oils and Tar to Plumb Darkness of ‘Moby-Dick’ Christopher Volpe never expected to find himself standing at the checkout counter of his local hardware store, buying a large quantity of roofing tar to daub onto a canvas in an experimental homage to Moby-Dick.First off, he’d tried reading Herman...
Greg Lennes On September 28, 1891 Melville died at home shortly after midnight. He was seventy-two years old. The doctor listed "cardiac dilation" on the death certificate. From the "The Life and Works of Herman Melville" blog - Here are "Herman Melville's Obituary Notices."
John Gretchko I did, where is it?
Greg Lennes FYI
Herman Melville's Arrowhead “Poor Herman” is the third of the “Herman” Plays series at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead. It was written by Elizabeth Doss, Melville's great-great-great-granddaughter. "Poor Herman" was first produced in 2016 at The Off Center, Austin, Texas.
There will be an author talk-back after the performance which begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, October 3 at Arrowhead, 780 Holmes Road, Pittsfield. Tickets are $20 and reservations can be made at 413-442-1793, ext 13, or online at the museum store, Seating is limited.
Colin Dewey NOTICE TO MEMBERS: All communications to members will be made electronically in the future. Gone are the mailers and paper ballots of the past. Please, if you haven't done so already, be sure your electronic and postal addresses are correct and up to date. To make updates, you will log in to the Johns Hopkins University Press site, where your membership account is located. Use this URL and click "MY ACCOUNT" in the header above the Leviathan info. Coming very shortly to your inbox will be the belated 2017 ballot. There are extensive bylaws changes and revisions that have been formulated and discussed by the Executive Committee. The ballot, like our recent survey, will be sent through Survey Monkey. If you have previously "opted-out" of Survey Monkey emails you will need to "opt-in" to receive the ballot. To do that, go to and follow the directions there. Thank you for your support of the Melville Society!
Greg Lennes Bonnie Honig, the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University, will deliver a Presidential Faculty Award lecture on Monday, Oct. 2, titled “What Literature Can Teach Politics: Melville’s Moby-Dick as a Critique of Hobbes’ Leviathan.”
Bonnie Honig to deliver Presidential Faculty Award lecture Honig, known for her wide-ranging work on the conditions necessary for collective democratic action, will discuss how the novel ‘Moby Dick’ responds to Thomas Hobbes’ ‘Leviathan.’
Greg Lennes From "Byte Sized Biographies" Blog: Melville (includes Podcast).
David Shaerf Call Us Ishmael is a documentary about Moby-Dick and the people who have been inspired by it (poster art by Matt Kish). I encourage you to 'like' the facebook page to stay updated on upcoming screenings!
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor: From "Comics I Don't Understand" blog. :)
Greg Lennes From Boston Globe: "Berkshire hills have provided inspiration to Hawthorne, Melville, Rowling."
Greg Lennes Melville in the News: The New York Times cited Melville when Kim Jong-un, the North Korea leader, called President Trump a ‘Dotard.’ Melville used it in a poem, The Maldive Shark." “Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull, Pale ravener of horrible meat.” In the poem the pilot fish leads the dull shark to food. It is the "eyes and brains to the dotard" that is the shark. In turn the pilot fish seeks protection from the shark in times of trouble. The Maldive Shark About the Shark, phlegmatical one, Pale sot of the Maldive sea, The sleek little pilot-fish, azure and slim, How alert in attendance be. From his saw-pit of mouth, from his charnel of maw They have nothing of harm to dread, But liquidly glide on his ghastly flnak Or before his Gorgonian head; Or lurk in the port of serrated teeth In white triple tiers of glittering gates, And there find a haven when peril's abroad, An asylum in jaws of the Fates! They are friends; and friendly they guide him to prey, Yet never partake of the treat- Eyes and brains to the dotard lethargic and dull, Pale ravener of horrible meat.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman Chapter 86 – The Tail “Woe to that sailor, whiskers and all” when the fluke of a whale upon him does fall and the oars and the crew around him do fly and he’s floatin’ on his back starin’ up at the sky Yea, a grudging respect is all he can feel for a wallop that lands with the weight of steel And the planks of the boat around him do sprawl “very much as a juggler tosses his balls” A mere man can offer little resistance Tis something to admire – but from a distance From my collection: a poem for every chapter in Moby-Dick .
Colin Dewey "FAYAWAY: Melville, Fantasy, and Fame." FREE! Saturday at 1pm. Final "Blue Room" lecture of the season. Presented by Colin Dewey, sponsored by Cal Maritime Dept. of Culture and Communication and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
Blue Room Lecture Series - The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melvi Blue Room Lecture Series - The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melvi Blue Room Lecture Series - The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melville’s Persistent Connections with San Francisco Bay

The National Park Service and California State University Maritime Academy are partnering to present a series of free lectures for the public in 2017.

The Blue Room Lectures will be presented by professors from Cal Maritime and will take place in the Maritime Museum at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (900 Beach Street, San Francisco, in the Blue Room.) A Q & A period will follow each talk.

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 1:00 PM: “The Schooner Fayaway and Herman Melville’s Persistent Connections with San Francisco Bay,” by Colin Dewey, Assistant Professor of English at Cal Maritime.
Hershel Parker Everything's up to date in the new NCE!
Hershel Parker I wonder how many will agree about the change since 2001. I see it in what is posted on this site.
Greg Lennes Here is the latest copy of "Leviathan" - Journal of Melville Studies - Volume 19 Number 2 June 2017:
Luis Velez This from last year:
A Melville Marginalia Mystery A researcher's reading of erased marginalia provides insight to Melville's thoughts on religion.
Greg Lennes Melvillean Trivia- "Tom and Jerry" cartoon episode 122 - Dicky Moe 1962:)
Juli Crockett Feldman Thrilled to share that my Herman Melville-inspired play [or, the whale] is being realized in Boston, MA by the Imaginary Beasts theater company this October/November! Tickets on sale soon!
Imaginary Beasts For their 2017|18 season, imaginary beasts draws inspiration from the ocean’s murky depths, and the extraordinary fight for survival waged by those titans of the sea - the Giant Squid and the Sperm Whale.

Nautical quests across (and under!) unfathomable, watery depths, and epic battles with mythical marine monsters are the order of the day as the beasts offer a pair of daring, theatrical adventures based on classic tales of the briny deep.

First up: [or, the whale] by Juli Crockett, performing October 13-November 4, 2017.

Inspired by Melville’s Moby Dick, [or, the whale] is a poetic meditation on loss and longing; a song of finding and forgetting; and, a theatrical reflection upon humankind’s ongoing quest for wholeness. The play follows multiple Captain Ahabs as they form a mad crew whose purpose is to search for Ahab’s missing leg, which is lost in the impossible vastness of the seas. We are especially pleased to be collaborating with Kangaroo Rat Music, popular Provincetown buskers, for this Boston-premiere production! [For more information:].

And announcing Winter Panto 2018, performing January 13-February 3, 2018.

We’ve been threatening to do this for years, and, at long last, it’s happening: the beasts would like to officially reveal this year’s title for their annual winter celebration: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea {A Steampunk Panto}! Taking cross-eyed, unsteady aim at Jules Verne’s classic work of science fiction, this year’s Panto follows a motley crew of adventurers as they navigate some mighty troubled waters under the command of mad genius Captain Nemo. When a protesting Jules Verne storms the stage to put an end to the nonsense, it’s anyone’s guess how this Panto will end!

And the adventure continues: this year, both productions will take place at the Charlestown Working Theater, 442 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA 02129.

That’s right, we’re changing venues, bringing our distinctive sense of play to a charming brick Victorian firehouse! If you’re not familiar with CWT, you should be!

Save the above dates, and we hope to see you at the theater soon!
Greg Lennes Melvillean France. In Besançon France Théâtre Alcyon presents a play based on Melville's "The Confidence-Man" this month.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman Every sailor goes to Sunday services before embarking on a 3-year voyage. From my collection: Ch. 7 – The Chapel Taking refuge inside a chapel where 'moody fishermen' pay their respects before they sail I am protected from the wind and sleet but not from what lies ahead Words etched in marble line the walls paying homage to departed sailors ~Lost overboard near the Isle of Desolation~ (Look ahead, look straight ahead at the preacher) ~Towed out of sight by a whale~ (Don’t look at the walls!) ~Killed by a Sperm Whale on the coast of Japan~ (I will go to sea I will go to sea)
Greg Lennes Start planning:) 22nd Annual Moby-Dick Marathon, January 5–7, 2018 at New Bedford Whaling Museum (MA).
Greg Lennes FYI - at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead on Tuesday, September 19
Herman Melville's Arrowhead Carl A. Rossi’s play “Hawthorne & Melville” opens the “Herman” Plays series at Herman Melville’s Arrowhead on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30pm directed by J. Peter Bergman. The play follows the friendship between the two American authors from August 1850 through November 1851 when both men were working on their new novels, “The House of Seven Gables” and “Moby-Dick” and building a relationship that never completely gelled.
Admiring the older author with a near-passion, Melville attempts to stretch their acquaintance into something larger than life while Hawthorne, a shyer, more reticent man, tries to keep their relationship more casual. Almost a mediator between them Sophia Hawthorne encourages both men to enjoy an intimacy rare for her husband whose reluctance to engage has made him an introverted human being.
Rossi gives us the two men whose actual intimacy inspired in Melville a new way of writing and confirmed for him his own capabilities if not his genius. Surrounding them with other literary greats of the era, the play provides a perspective on this unique friendship from outside and inside, from a child’s point of view, a wife’s imagination and a merging of two giants into a single entity: Hawthorne & Melville.
Tickets for the play are $20 and seating is limited. Call 413.442.1793 x13 to make reservations, or e-mail Mel Cobb plays Melville and Kirk Jackson is Hawthorne. Laura Gardner plays Sophia with Erin Hunt as Lizzie Melville, Andrew Joffe as Evert Duyckinck, John Trainor as Cornelius Mathews, Robert Bruyr as Oliver Wendell Holmes, J. Peter Bergman as James Fields.
Next in the series is “Kraken: A Story of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville” by Len Jenkin on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 followed by “Poor Herman” by Elizabeth Doss on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:00
Image is of a painting of Hawthorne, 1841 (Peabody Essex Museum)
Hershel Parker As of today I have the 3rd pass for the proofs of 3rd Norton Critical Edition of MOBY-DICK. Should not take many days.
Hershel Parker If this posts, it is to celebrate the latest discoveries we have been able to get into the NCE. This is Bob Madison's. Rah rah Bob!
Colin Dewey
Why Melville Matters Jean Giono’s short, unclassifiable book is an ode to "Moby-Dick" and the power of literature to command empathy.
Greg Lennes From the New Republic: "Why Melville Matters Jean Giono’s short, unclassifiable book is an ode to "Moby-Dick" and the power of literature to command empathy."
Why Melville Matters Jean Giono’s short, unclassifiable book is an ode to "Moby-Dick" and the power of literature to command empathy.
Greg Lennes From Elmira College (NY): "Dr. McCall Co-Edits a New Collection of Herman Melville Writings."
Greg Lennes Readings from new Herman Melville plays at Arrowhead on September 3rd, September 26th and October 3rd.
Herman Melville's Arrowhead Come see staged readings of the new Herman Melville plays! In the big red barn at Arrowhead.
Edward G Pettit The Rosenbach's Moby-Dick course starts this Saturday, taught by Peter Norberg, associate general editor of Melville's Marginalia Online. The course meets the third Thu of the month for six months and features presentations of the Rosenbach's Melville collection.
Course: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville This course includes 6 monthly sessions on every third Saturdays from September 16 to February 17. Details to come.
Greg Lennes From Broadway News - Minneapolis: "Theatre Coup d'Etat Presents Staged Reading of MOBY DICK."
Theatre Coup d'Etat Presents Staged Reading of MOBY DICK Herman Melville's Moby Dick has been called the greatest American novel . This adaptation illustrates what truly makes America great - diversity, inclusion, and hard work.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman From Moby-Dick: Ch. 75 -- The Right Whale’s Head – Contrasted Views. From my collection: “Ancient dames moved about gaily” Above and beneath the sea Which was playground, dining table, kingdom For creatures ever joyful and free Creatures ever joyful and free Gracefully and powerfully ruled Over miles and oceans and eons And their offspring they carefully schooled Their offspring they carefully schooled From blowhole to brit to baleen In charge of all that was ‘round them And then came man in between Then came man in between Setting his sights far and wide Craving what lay beyond him He could never be satisfied He could never be satisfied On the oceans he would be king More, ever more, not enough Til he’d plundered everything
Lawrence Klaes
inSerial: part eleven Delusions of Being Observed “The one thing to remember about Melville is that he wrote Moby Dick when he was thirty years old. Thirty.” I hold up a battered paperback copy. The same copy I read in high school.
Greg Lennes From Literary Hub: "The Original 1851 Reviews of Moby-Dick."
The Original 1851 Reviews of Moby Dick All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; …
Greg Lennes Anti-Melvillean Humor: From Chicago Tribune - "The Biblioracle: 'Ulysses,' 'Moby-Dick' and other books you shouldn't feel obligated to read" by John Warner. Here is an excerpt: "It's OK not to have read something, but let's say you're looking at the classics and thinking you want to add some notches to your reading belt. I'm going to save you time by telling you which ones you can safely bypass, starting with "Moby-Dick." How can this guy be telling me not to read a book he hasn't read? you're asking, and I'm saying, "exactly." I'm risking a *parade of pitchfork-wielding Melville Society members* on my porch for this, but the book is long and ponderous and I'd only barely reached the detailed chapters on the ins and outs of the whaling trade. Yes, it's an important and deserved icon of American literature, but fortunately, if you need to know what Melville was up to, we have the much shorter sea tale, "Billy Budd."
Greg Lennes Interesting German story on Melville in the Berkshires.
Miguel Angel Prado Zamora Desde 2013 promoviendo el arte, la cultura y la salud mental.
Greg Lennes Melville on Immigrants and Diversity: "There is something in the contemplation of the mode in which America has been settled, that, in a noble breast, should forever extinguish the prejudices of national dislikes. Settled by the people of all nations, all nations may claim her for their own. You can not spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world." ( "Redburn: His First Voyage" -- Chapter 33 THE SALT-DROGHERS, AND GERMAN EMIGRANT SHIPS)
Greg Lennes From City A.M. (London): "Moby-Dick author Herman Melville's house on sale in Covent Garden." Are any Melvilleans in the market for a home? :)
Moby Dick author Herman Melville's house on sale in Covent Garden If you live for the drama, a home in the heart of theatreland means you’ve made it to the big time.
Brian Yothers Something for Melvilleans to anticipate:
A Squeeze of the Hand a little going away present from the Comets to our fans. this is a song from Moby Dick, a mammoth musical that will happen someday soon. music & lyrics by da...
Greg Lennes Wellfleet Library (55 West Main Street, Wellfleet MA, 508 349 0310) Celebrates! Steve Durkee's MOBY-DICK Poems. Wellfleet Library will present an ensemble reading by Steve Durkee’s friends, who each chose four favorite poems from Melville’s MOBY- DICK.
Ensemble Reading and Celebration Wellfleet Library will present an ensemble reading by Steve Durkee’s friends, who each chose four favorite poems from Herman Melville’s MOBY- DICK Hidden Treasures Found Poetry discovered by Stephen Durkee. The reading will be on Tuesday, Septem [...]
Greg Lennes From Salon: The 10 best Labor Day movies: One is “Bartleby” “Bartleby” Adapted from Herman Melville’s story, “Bartleby the Scrivener,” this offbeat comedy has the title character (a terrific Crispin Glover) answering, “I would prefer not to” when the Boss (David Paymer) asks him for help with something. Bartleby further explains that he has given up working. I could tell you more about this film, which is very good, and darkly comic, but I would prefer not to." Excerpt from film:
Greg Lennes Melvillean Trivia: Armed Services Editions (ASEs) were small, compact, paperback books printed by the Council on Books in Wartime for distribution within the American military during World War II. This program was in effect from 1943 to 1946. The slogan of the Council on Books in Wartime was, "Books are weapons in the war of ideas." Here are two of the Melville books: Moby-Dick and Omoo (Typee is not pictured here): Moby_Dick Omoo
Greg Lennes For Melvillean Gamblers: "Have a whale of a time with new Moby Dick online slot." :)
Have a whale of a time with new Moby Dick online slot | Casinopedia Rabcat Gaming have unveiled a new Moby Dick online slot game which will premiere at 32Red Online Casino in October 2017 before docking at other casinos.
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor: British writer-illustrator Tom Gauld's new book "Baking With Kafka" will be published in October. It is a new collection of his one-panel cartoons. It is described as "a droll commentary on the writing business and the decline of books and reading." It includes his Melville cartoon:)
Greg Lennes Here is a video of unique Moby-Dick sand art at Warnemünde, seaside resort and a district of the city of Rostock in Mecklenburg, Germany.
Eileen Valentino Flaxman This poem for Chapter 121 in Moby-Dick speaks to all the chaos occurring in the world right now and is dedicated to the people of Houston. A sailor is anchored to his ship, his ship to the ocean, the ocean to the planet. The planet, which feels steady and solid as granite, floats and spins, held down by He who planned it and whose whims test all who withstand it.
Greg Lennes The Norton Critical Editions 2017-2018 catalog is now available! Featured is HERMAN MELVILLE - Moby-Dick Edited by Hershel Parker, University of Delaware ( will be published in October). This is from the new catalog: "One of the great strengths of this third edition is Hershel Parker’s inclusion of commentary on Moby-Dick from its publication in 1851 right into the 21st century to answer why Moby-Dick —boisterous, beautiful, filled with soaring language, forever questioning, and nearly 200 years old—is more popular than ever." — Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, University of Connecticut. This Norton Critical Edition includes: * Melville’s classic novel of whaling and revenge, based on Hershel Parker’s revision of the 1967 text edited by Harrison Hayford and Hershel Parker. * Twenty-six illustrations, including maps, contemporary engravings, and diagrams of whaleboat rigging. * Background and source materials centering on whaling and whalecraft, Melville’s international reception, the inspirations for Moby-Dick , and Melville’s related correspondence. * Forty-four reviews and interpretations of the novel spanning three centuries. * A revised and updated Selected Bibliography. THIRD EDITION 978-0-393-28500-0 736 pages October 2017 18.00
Greg Lennes From the Melvillean Past: Melville's short story, "The Fiddler" was published anonymously in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine for September 1, 1854
The Fiddler A free story every week, sponsored by The Library of America
Greg Lennes Melvillean trivia: Here is a biography of the Irish poet, James Clarence Mangan (1803—1849), who influenced Melville. In 1952 writing for the Dublin Magazine, Seumas O'Sullivan suggested that Melville particularly liked " The Time of the Barmecides " and flattered its author by " The Age of the Antonines." Melville originally bought his poems on February 15, 1862 and annotated his copy. Louise Imogen Guiney, whose essay entitled “James Clarence Mangan” had appeared in The Atlantic Monthly (November, 1891 ; LXVIII, pp. 641-59). Here is the poem: "Time of the Barmecides" by Mangan
Colin Dewey The Whale as a Dish
Dave Malloy - The Whale As A Dish (from Moby Dick) @ W Times Square, 8/27/17 Dave Malloy sings the new song "The Whale As A Dish" from his upcoming work based on Moby Dick. Part of Broadway at W, W New York Times Square, Sunday, Augus...
Elizabeth Schurman There used to be a plaque and a bust of Melville on the site of his birth, in Manhattan, at 6 Pearl Street. I visited it maybe two years ago, and shortly afterward, I returned, and it was gone. Maybe it has to do with New York Unearthed, which used to be there? Anyone know what happened to it? I was heartbroken.
Tim Robbins Two years ago, I had the great fortune to speak with Ognen Cemerski about his Macedonian translation of Moby Dick. He was a wonderful person and a beautiful intellect. RIP.
Macedonian ‘Moby-Dick’ Translator Ognen Čemerski, 42, Was a Meticulous Linguist and Engaged Educator · Global Voices Čemerski passed away on August 25 of cancer. Beyond literature, he was remembered as someone who made thoughtful commentary about the tense state of affairs in Macedonia.
Greg Lennes From Global Voices: "Macedonian ‘Moby-Dick’ Translator Ognen Čemerski, 42, Was a Meticulous Linguist and Engaged Educator."
Macedonian ‘Moby-Dick’ Translator Ognen Čemerski, 42, Was a Meticulous Linguist and Engaged Educator · Global Voices Čemerski passed away on August 25 of cancer. Beyond literature, he was remembered as someone who made thoughtful commentary about the tense state of affairs in Macedonia.
Greg Lennes Forthcoming Publication: "Melville among the Philosophers" edited by Corey McCall and Tom Nurmi - Afterword by Cornel West - Contributions by Troy Jollimore; Mark Anderson; Edward F. Mooney; Jason M. Wirth; Gary Shapiro; Tracy B. Strong; Marilyn Nissim-Sabat; Kris Sealey; Eduardo Mendieta and David LaRocca. It will be published in October 2017 by Lexington Books.
Melville-among-the-Philosophers This book is aimed at both philosophers and scholars of American literature who wish to reexamine the philosophical depth of Melville’s writings. Contributions deal with various philosophical...
Greg Lennes Melvillean Question: Here is an interesting story from Perth (Australia) Daily News for January 12, 1907 (original article in Manchester Guardian) : "The family of the American novelist Herman Melville are collecting material for the biography of their distinguished relative, and invite assistance from all who possess letters or other documents, bearing on the subject." I didn't know the family was collecting material on Melville. Maybe a Melvillean can explain this.
Greg Lennes From Los Angeles Review of Books -- "Foreign Companion: Jean Giono’s “Melville: A Novel” By Adam Fales.
Greg Lennes The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor College of Visual and Performing Arts and the UMHB Art Department are presenting the exhibition "A Moby-Dick Experience: Hershall Seals." The exhibit will be on display through Friday, September 22, in the gallery of the Baugh Center for Visual Arts on the UMHB campus (812 Shine Street, Belton, TX).
Hershall Seals Presents A Moby Dick Experience Belton, TX – The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor College of Visual and Performing Arts and the UMHB Art Department are proud to present the exhibition A Moby Dick Experience: Hershall Seals. The exhibit will be on display from Monday, August 21, though...
Greg Lennes Melvillean Boxing Trivia: Melville was knowledgeable about English bare knuckle boxing matches. He mentions boxers William Abednego Thompson (1811-1880), aka "Bendigo" and James ("Deaf") Burke in Moby-Dick when Captain Ahab defies his opponents and Starbuck. Burke lost to Bendigo in 10 rounds on February 12, 1839. "They think me mad—Starbuck does; but I'm demoniac, I am madness maddened! That wild madness that's only calm to comprehend itself! The prophecy was that I should be dismembered; and—Aye! I lost this leg. I now prophesy that I will dismember my dismemberer. Now, then, be the prophet and the fulfiller one. That's more than ye, ye great gods, ever were. I laugh and hoot at ye, ye cricket-players, ye pugilists, ye deaf Burkes and blinded Bendigoes! I will not say as school-boys do to bullies,—Take some one of your own size; don't pommel me! No, ye've knocked me down, and I am up again; but ye have run and hidden. Come forth from behind your cotton bags! I have no long gun to reach ye. Come, Ahab's compliments to ye; come and see if ye can swerve me." By the way Bendigo was not blinded. He was crowned as the Champion Prize Fighter of All England. One of Bendigo’s famous fights with his great rival Ben Caunt, went for 96 rounds lasting over two hours. Melville also mentions Bendigo in his correspondence for April 26, 1847 to his cousin, Augustus Van Schaick . Here is a picture of Bendigo.
Greg Lennes Moby-Dick Celebration on November 18th at the Rosenbach Museum & Library 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (215-732-1600):
Moby-Dick Celebration Our first annual reading of Moby-Dick will feature local literati reading selected passages from Herman Melville’s most famous novel and a celebration of one of the great American authors. This eve…
Greg Lennes Forthcoming Publication for October: "Herman Melville in Context" edited by Kevin J. Hayes. Publisher is Cambridge University Press. Table of Contents Part I. Geographical Contexts: 1. New York Kevin J. Hayes 2. The Berkshires Peter Bergman 3. The American West Nathaniel Lewis 4. The Pacific Alex Calder 5. London Jonathan A. Cook 6. Europe David Watson 7. The Holy Land Brian Yothers Part II. Social Contexts: 8. Men and women and men David Greven 9. Islanders and missionaries Sean Brawley and Chris Dixon 10. Literary circles David O. Dowling 11. Slaves, masters, and abolitionists Susan M. Ryan 12. Dons and Cholos Rodrigo Lazo 13. Bachelors and gentlemen Maura M. D'Amore 14. Officers and men Martin Griffin Part III. Cultural Contexts: 15. Opera Kevin J. Hayes 16. Panoramas Susan Tenneriello 17. Natural history Jennifer Schell 18. Technology Klaus Benesch 19. The lyceum movement Tom F. Wright 20. Painting and prints Colin Dewey Part IV. Literary Contexts: 21. The Bible Dawn Coleman 22. Seventeenth-century English prose Robin Grey 23. The picaresque novel Kelly Richardson 24. Travel writing Tim Youngs 25. German metaphysics Kim C. Sturgess 26. Gothicism Jonathan Crimmins 27. British romanticism Shawn Thomson Part V. The Contexts of Literary Reception: 28. Make-or-break reviews Hershel Parker 29. The Melville revival Eric Aronoff 30. Modernism David M. Ball 31. Postmodernism Timothy Parrish 32. Translations Rute Beirante 33. Biographies Ian Maloney 34. The cinema John Parris Springer.
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Eileen Valentino Flaxman Moby Dick Chapter 104 - The Fossil Whale Man stares out over the vast ocean Endless, gray-blue waves churning as far as the eye can see and feels reduced to a thimble, a cork, bobbing powerlessly on the endless surface No more substantial than a dot on a map sharing his insignificance with even the gargantuan leviathan who, spotted miles away looks but a dot himself in the boundless vista. Man stares next into earth’s vast history Eons of time and space and experience without his presence and feels dwarfed once again But this time not joined by the Ancient Whale who populated the planet and explored the seas some 40 million years ago, when man ‘twas not even a dream.
Greg Lennes The 2017 Newlyn Fish Festival in Cornwall UK has the James Wilton Dance Company presenting LEVIATHAN - "a blend of athletic dance, martial arts, and partner-work" as the cast of seven re-imagine Melville’s epic novel, "Moby-Dick". It is scheduled for August 28th. You can't have a fish festival without Moby-Dick:)
The best things about this weekend's Newlyn Fish Festival It's going to be a bumper Bank Holiday weekend in west Cornwall - but it's not all pirates as Cornwall's favourite fish festival is set to return

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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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.