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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date December 22, 2014
Pages 160
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781505694796
ISBN-10 1505694795
Dimensions 0.37 by 7 by 10 in.
Original list price $10.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: The Piazza Tales (1856) is the only collection of short stories by American writer Herman Melville. It was published with Dix & Edwards in the United States and a British edition followed shortly afterward. Except for the title story, "The Piazza," all of the stories had appeared in Putnam's Monthly, the first being Bartleby, the Scrivener in 1853. Melville had originally intended to entitle the volume Benito Cereno and Other Sketches, but it was The Encantadas, his sketches of the Galápagos Islands, that garnered the most attention from critics. Even though The Piazza Tales received largely favorable reviews, it did not sell well enough to get Melville out of his financial straits. Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, writer of short stories, and poet from the American Renaissance period. The bulk of his writings was published between 1846 and 1857. Best known for his whaling novel Moby-Dick (1851), he is also legendary for having been forgotten during the last thirty years of his life. Melville's writing is characteristic for its allusivity. "In Melville's manipulation of his reading", scholar Stanley T. Williams wrote, "was a transforming power comparable to Shakespeare's". Born in New York City, he was the third child of a merchant in French dry-goods, with Revolutionary War heroes for grandfathers. Not long after the death of his father in 1832, his schooling stopped abruptly. After having been a schoolteacher for a short time, he signed up for a merchant voyage to Liverpool in 1839. A year and a half into his first whaling voyage, in 1842 he jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands, where he lived among the natives for a month. His first book, Typee (1846), became a huge best-seller, which called for a sequel, Omoo (1847). The same year Melville married Elizabeth Knapp Shaw; their four children were all born between 1849 and 1855. In August 1850, having moved to Pittsfield, Massachusetts, he established a profound friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, though the relationship lost intensity after the latter moved away. Moby-Dick (1851) did not become a success, and Pierre (1852) put an end to his career as a popular author. From 1853 to 1856 he wrote short fiction for magazines, collected as The Piazza Tales (1856). In 1857, while Melville was on a voyage to England and the Near East, The Confidence-Man appeared, the last prose work published during his lifetime. From then on Melville turned to poetry. Having secured a position of Customs Inspector in New York, his poetic reflection on the Civil War appeared as Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866). In 1867 his oldest child Malcolm died at home from a self-inflicted gunshot. For the epic Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (1876) he drew upon his experience in Egypt and Palestine from twenty years earlier. In 1886 he retired as Customs Inspector and privately published some volumes of poetry in small editions. During the last years of his life, interest in him was reviving and he was approached to have his biography written, but his death in 1891 from cardiovascular disease subdued the revival before it could gain momentum. Inspired perhaps by the growing interest in him, in his final years he had been working on a prose story one more time and left the manuscript of Billy Budd, Sailor, which was published in 1924.

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Paperback
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With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (December 22, 2015)
9781522868712 | details & prices | 394 pages | 5.00 × 8.00 × 0.89 in. | List price $16.00
This edition also contains The Piazza Tales
About: The Piazza Tales By Herman Melville
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (December 2, 2015)
9781519363206 | details & prices | 182 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.41 in. | List price $15.99
This edition also contains The Piazza Tales
About: "With fairest flowers, Whilst summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele—" When I removed into the country, it was to occupy an old-fashioned farm-house, which had no piazza—a deficiency the more regretted, because not only did I like piazzas, as somehow combining the coziness of in-doors with the freedom of out-doors, and it is so pleasant to inspect your thermometer there, but the country round about was such a picture, that in berry time no boy climbs hill or crosses vale without coming upon easels planted in every nook, and sun-burnt painters painting there.
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (August 7, 2015)
9781515389286 | details & prices | 286 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.65 in. | List price $10.95
This edition also contains The Piazza Tales
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (July 18, 2015)
9781515134510 | details & prices | 246 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.56 in. | List price $10.95
This edition also contains The Piazza Tales
About: The Piazza Tales (1856) is the second collection of short stories by American writer Herman Melville.
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (May 23, 2015)
9781512348330 | details & prices | 202 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.46 in. | List price $9.99
This edition also contains The Piazza Tales
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (May 18, 2015)
9781512265866 | details & prices | 124 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.28 in. | 0.53 lbs | List price $7.49
This edition also contains The Piazza Tales
About: "With fairest flowers, Whilst summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele—" When I removed into the country, it was to occupy an old-fashioned farm-house, which had no piazza—a deficiency the more regretted, because not only did I like piazzas, as somehow combining the coziness of in-doors with the freedom of out-doors, and it is so pleasant to inspect your thermometer there, but the country round about was such a picture, that in berry time no boy climbs hill or crosses vale without coming upon easels planted in every nook, and sun-burnt painters painting there.
With Herman Melville | Large print edition from Createspace Independent Pub (March 22, 2015)
9781511400350 | details & prices | 212 pages | 8.50 × 11.00 × 0.48 in. | List price $12.99
This edition also contains The Piazza Tales
About: The Piazza Tales is a collection of short stories, written by Herman Melville.
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With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (December 22, 2014)
9781505694796 | details & prices | 160 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 0.37 in. | List price $10.99
This edition also contains The Piazza Tales
About: The Piazza Tales (1856) is the only collection of short stories by American writer Herman Melville.
Reissue edition from Northwestern Univ Pr (November 1, 1996)
9780810114678 | details & prices | 5.75 × 8.75 × 0.75 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $18.00
About: In this new edition of The Piazza Tales, the editors of the acclaimed Northwestern-Newberry Edition of the Writings of Herman Melville have used the original magazine versions for five of the six stories in order to present the most accurate tests of these works.

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