Herman Melville

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Herman melville was smart, wise, highly

opinionated, couragous, and a good influence.


1819 August 1: Herman Melville born in New York City.

1830 Family moves to Albany, N.Y.

1832 father dies.

1839 First proffessional work appears in newspaper.

1840 Travels in the midwest and gets the experience to

write The confidence man.

1841 Sails to the pacific where he hears the tails of the

killer Mocha Dick.

1842 Deserts and lives with the natives of nukuheva. He is

later rescued by the whaler Lucy Anne.

1843 Ships for boston aboard the native vessel for the U.S.

White-Jacket was based upon this experience.

1846 Publishes typee.

1847 Publishes Omoo

1849 Feb. 16: His son, Malcom melvelle is born.

1850 Publishes white jacket. Moves to Arrowhead farm in

Pittsburg, massachustettes.

1851 Publishes the famous moby-dick. Oct. 22 Stanwix

Melville is born.

1852 Publishes Pierre which prompted one newspaper made

a headline 'herman melville crazy'.

1853 Elizibeth Melville is born.

1855 March 2: Frances Melville is born. Publishes Israel


1856 Publishes the Piazza tales.

1856-57 sails to europe and the holy land where he

gathers materials for tyhe long poem clarel.

1857 Publishes the confidence man.

1857-60 lectures in the north and the midwest.

1863 the melvilles move to new york city.

1864 gathers material for the civil war poems.

1866 publishes battle pieces. Gets job in customs.

1867 Malcom melville dies from a suicidal gunshot to the


1876 publishes clarel.

1885 retires from customs.

1886 stanwix melville dies after a long illness.

1888 publishes john marr and other sailors in a private

edition of 25 copies.

1891 completes draft of billy budd which was not published

until 1924. Sepember 28: dies.

1924 Billy Budd is Published.


1) Wrote the novel Moby-Dick.

2) Was in the U.S. Navy.