Herman Melville


Born: 1 August 1819
Died: 28 September 1891 (heart failure )
Birthplace: New York City,
Best known as: The author of Moby-Dick
Herman Melville was the celebrated author of several big 19th-century novels about the sea. Moby-Dick (1851), the story of the fanatical Captain Ahab and his hunt for the great white whale of the title, is now considered one of the classics of American literature. Melville's other novels include Typee (1846), Omoo (1847), and Billy Budd (published posthumously in 1924). Melville published little after 1860 and it wasn't until the 1900s that he gained his reputation as one of early America's great authors.
Extra credit:

Melville had a famous friendship with author Nathaniel Hawthorne, to whom he dedicated Moby-Dick… The 21st-century musician Moby is named in tribute to Melville… On film, Captain Ahab has been played by John Barrymore (1936), Gregory Peck (1956) and Patrick Stewart (1998, TV movie).

Copyright © 1998-2015 by Who2?, LLC. All rights reserved.

More on Herman Melville from Fact Monster:

  • Herman Melville - Melville, Herman Melville, Herman, 1819–91, American author, b. New York City, considered one ...
  • August 1 Birthdays: Herman Melville - August 1 birthdays: Herman Melville, Yves Saint Laurent, Jean Baptiste Lamarck, Jerry Garcia, Francis Scott Key, Maria Mitchell, William Clark, Claudius I
  • Herman Melville - Biography of Herman Melville, The author of Moby-Dick
  • Herman Melville: Bibliography - Bibliography See the authoritative ed. of his writings (15 vol., ed. by H. M. Hayford et al., ...
  • Herman Melville: Moby-Dick - Moby-Dick The story of a deranged whaling captain's obsessive voyage to find and destroy the ...

Play Hangman

Play Poptropica

Play Quizzes

Play Tic Tac Toe