White Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War

By: Melville, Herman

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Book Condition: Very Good

Ink name and number on quote page, a few minor spots to top page ridge. 1996 Trade Paperback. We have more books available by this author!. xi, 504 pp. Based on Melville's experiences as a common seaman aboard the frigate USS United States from 1843 to 1844 and stories that other sailors told him, the novel is severely critical of virtually every aspect of American naval life and thus qualifies as Melville's most politically strident work. At the time, though, the one thing that journalists and politicians focused on in the novel was its graphic descriptions of flogging and the horrors caused by its arbitrary use; in fact, because Harper & Bros. made sure the book got into the hands of every member of Congress, White-Jacket was instrumental in abolishing flogging in the U.S. Navy forever. Melville scholars also acknowledge the huge number of parallels between White-Jacket and Billy Budd and view the former as a rich source for possible interpretations of the latter. The symbolism of the color white, introduced in this novel in the form of the narrator's jacket, is more fully expanded upon in Moby-Dick, where it becomes an all-encompassing blankness. The mixture of journalism, history, and fiction; the presentation of a sequence of striking characters; the metaphor of a sailing ship as the world in miniature—all of these prefigure his next novel, Moby-Dick. - Wikipedia

Title: White Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War

Author: Melville, Herman

Categories: American,

Edition: Book Club (BCE/BOMC)

Publisher: Quality Paperback Book Club: 1996

Binding: Trade Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 2276222