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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

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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

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.

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.

Now Available

Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies

Volume 21, Number 2 - June 2019

The second of the four issues of "Melville at 200" being published
in Melville's Bicentennial Year

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The June 2019 issue of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies (vol. 21, no. 2) is now available on Project Muse! If you have a subscription, click here to download.This issue is the second of the four “Melville at 200” issues being published in the year of Melville's bicentennial. It features a collection retrospective essays commemorating the completion of the 15-volume Northwestern-Newberry edition of The Writings of Herman Melville. These retrospective essays were written by editors and scholars who worked on the Northwestern-Newberry edition during the more than 50 years it took to bring the project to completion in 2017. This issue of Leviathan also contains three essays on Moby-Dick and a look at the papers presented at the MLA conference in January. John Bryant reviews the final Northwestern-Newberry volume, "Billy Budd, Sailor" and Other Uncompleted Writings"  in the context of the primary goal of N-N project to establish accurate texts. Bryant also discusses the ongoing project of the Melville Electronic LIbrary to make available online fluid texts that include layered sections of color-coded text that represent Melville's sequence of revisions.  Dues-paying members of The Melville Society who subscribe to the print edition should receive their copies in the mail soon.  For information about subscribing to Leviathan, click here.

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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.