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Pierre, Or, the Ambiguities
By William C. Spengemann (introduced by) and Herman Melville
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Penguin Classics
Publication date January 1, 1996
Pages 384
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9780140434842
ISBN-10 0140434844
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.65 lbs.
Original list price $16.00
Summaries and Reviews
Summary
Restored to Melville's intended form, this story examines the life of an idealistic young hero and satirizes sentimental gothic novels.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 'Ambiguities indeed! One long brain-muddling, soul-bewildering ambiguity (to borrow Mr. Melville's style), like Melchisedeck, without beginning or end-a labyrinth without a clue - an Irish bog without so much as a Jack o'the'lantern to guide the wanderer's footsteps - the dream of a distempered stomach, disordered by a hasty supper on half-cooked pork chops." So judged the New York Herald when Pierre was first published in 1852, with most contemporary reviewers joining in the general condemnation: 'a dead failure,' 'this crazy rigmarole,' and "a literary mare's nest." Latter-day critics have recognized in the story of Melville's idealistic young hero a corrosive satire of the sentimental-Gothic novel, and a revolutionary foray into modernist literary techniques.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Editions
Hardcover
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Large print edition from North Books (January 3, 2004); titled "Pierre, Or: The Ambiguities"
9781582877631 | details & prices | 600 pages | 5.75 × 8.25 × 1.50 in. | 1.80 lbs | List price $28.00
About: 'Ambiguities indeed!
from North Books (May 1, 1999); titled "Pierre, or: The Ambiguities"
9781582871134 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $25.00
About: When Pierre was published one year after Moby-Dick, expectations were high.
With Hershel Parker (other contributor) | from Harpercollins (November 1, 1995); titled "Pierre: Or the Ambiguities"
9780061180095 | details & prices | 449 pages | 5.75 × 8.00 × 1.50 in. | 2.05 lbs | List price $16.00
About: A reconstruction of Melville's original text omits the 'Pierre as author' subplot that was later assimilated and is accompanied by thirty full-color pictures by Maurice Sendak
from Hendricks House (December 1, 1962); titled "Pierre, or the Ambiguities"
9780875320038 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.25 × 1.25 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $29.95
About: Book by Melville, Herman, Murray, Henry A.
Paperback
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With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (September 9, 2015); titled "Pierre: Or, the Ambiguities"
9781517269197 | details & prices | 544 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.23 in. | List price $18.50
About: Pierre; or, The Ambiguities is the seventh novel, by American writer Herman Melville, first published in 1852.
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (August 7, 2015); titled "Pierre: Or the Ambiguities"
9781515389422 | details & prices | 542 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.23 in. | List price $18.95
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (July 18, 2015); titled "Pierre: Or, the Ambiguities"
9781515133865 | details & prices | 256 pages | 8.50 × 11.00 × 0.58 in. | List price $11.95
About: Pierre; or, The Ambiguities is a novel, the seventh book, by American writer Herman Melville, first published in New York in 1852.
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (June 4, 2015); titled "Pierre; or the Ambiguities"
9781514228395 | details & prices | 140 pages | 8.50 × 11.00 × 0.32 in. | List price $7.49
About: THERE are some strange summer mornings in the country, when he who is but a sojourner from the city shall early walk forth into the fields, and be wonder-smitten with the trance-like aspect of the green and golden world.
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (March 24, 2015); titled "Pierre: Or the Ambiguities"
9781505538922 | details & prices | 326 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.74 in. | 1.23 lbs | List price $24.99
With Herman Melville | from Gardners Books (February 1, 2014)
9781483703930 | details & prices | 246 pages | List price $19.40
About: Pierre; or, The Ambiguities tells the story of Pierre Glendinning Jr.
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (July 6, 2013)
9781490928364 | details & prices | 356 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.89 in. | List price $17.95
About: Pierre; or The Ambiguities
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (May 8, 2013); titled "Pierre: Or, the Ambiguities"
9781484906613 | details & prices | 180 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.41 in. | List price $8.99
About: This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality.
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (May 4, 2013); titled "Pierre: Or, the Ambiguities"
9781484885536 | details & prices | 392 pages | 7.44 × 9.69 × 0.89 in. | 1.92 lbs | List price $15.00
About: Pierre: Or, The Ambiguities
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (August 23, 2012); titled "Pierre: Or, the Ambiguities"
9781479173747 | details & prices | 622 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.41 in. | List price $26.99
About: Herman Melville Born in New York City, the son of New England merchant.
With Herman Melville | from Digireads.Com (January 30, 2012); titled "Pierre, Or, the Ambiguities"
9781420944495 | details & prices | 249 pages | 6.00 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $9.99
About: Herman Melville (1819-1891), now at the center of the American literary canon, was wildly dismissed for this labyrinthine effort.
from Kessinger Pub Co (June 30, 2004)
9781419141607 | details & prices | 384 pages | 7.25 × 9.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.46 lbs | List price $33.95
The price comparison is for this edition
With William C. Spengemann (other contributor) | Reprint edition from Penguin Classics (January 1, 1996); titled "Pierre, Or, the Ambiguities"
9780140434842 | details & prices | 384 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $16.00
About: Restored to Melville's intended form, this story examines the life of an idealistic young hero and satirizes sentimental gothic novels.
from Northwestern Univ Pr (August 1, 1992)
9780810102675 | details & prices | 5.00 × 6.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.25 lbs | List price $45.00
About: Contains the text of Melville's gothic romance and includes notes on its composition, autobiographical elements, and theme
With Jeanna Maria Zivalich | Reissue edition from New Amer Library (October 1, 1984)
9780451518965 | details & prices | List price $4.95
This edition also contains You Are Special
About: When Pierre was published one year after Moby-Dick, expectations were high.
With Barbara A. Stevens, Akimalyah Publishing (other contributor) | from E P Dutton (November 1, 1964)
9780452009967 | details & prices | List price $5.95
This edition also contains I'm Not Crazy: Anybodies Premonition
About: This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Herman Melville | Unabridged edition from Blackstone Audio Inc (May 31, 2016); titled "Pierre: Or, the Ambiguities"
9781504713597 | details & prices | List price $39.95
About: Pierre Glendinning is the nineteen-year-old heir to the manor at Saddle Meadows in upstate New York.

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