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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date July 18, 2015
Pages 474
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Fiction
ISBN-13 9781515133919
ISBN-10 1515133915
Dimensions 1.07 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $17.95
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War is the fifth book by American writer Herman Melville, first published in London in 1850. The book is based on the author's fourteen months service in the United States Navy, aboard the frigate USS United States. 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.

Editions
This edition contains multiple works--typically stories or entire novels--that are found in different collections. Below find each work in this edition grouped by how you can find each.
Hardcover
Book cover for 9780870217883
 
from Naval Inst Pr (April 1, 1988); titled "White-Jacket, or the World in a Man-Of-War"
9780870217883 | details & prices | 6.00 × 8.50 × 1.75 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $34.95
About: A 19th century appeal to maintain a decent standard of food for sailors, to care for the sick and to prevent the frequency of flogging in the U.
from Northwestern Univ Pr (June 1, 1970); titled "White-Jacket: Or, the World in a Man-Of-War"
9780810102576 | details & prices | 7.00 × 9.75 × 1.75 in. | 2.50 lbs | List price $75.00
About: The famous novelist recounts his experiences aboard an American frigate and reveals the skills and abuse of naval authority
Paperback
Book cover for 9780192818287 Book cover for 9780192838018 Book cover for 9780812966176 Book cover for 9781419193927 Book cover for 9781484885581 Book cover for 9781515133919
 
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With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (July 18, 2015); titled "White-jacket: Or, the World in a Man-of-war"
9781515133919 | details & prices | 474 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.07 in. | List price $17.95
This edition also contains White-Jacket: Or, the World in a Man-Of-War
About: White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War is the fifth book by American writer Herman Melville, first published in London in 1850.
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (May 4, 2013); titled "White-jacket or the World in a Man-of-war"
9781484885581 | details & prices | 346 pages | 7.44 × 9.69 × 0.78 in. | List price $13.99
This edition also contains White-Jacket: Or, the World in a Man-Of-War
About: White-Jacket Or The World In A Man-Of-War
from Kessinger Pub Co (June 30, 2004); titled "White Jacket Or The World In A Man Of War"
9781419193927 | details & prices | 364 pages | List price $31.95
About: This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.
With G. Thomas Tanselle, Hershel Parker, Harrison Hayford, Mary K. Bercaw Edwards | from Modern Library (December 1, 2002); titled "White-Jacket: Or, the World in a Man-Of-War"
9780812966176 | details & prices | 480 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.75 lbs | List price $8.95
About: A nineteenth-century appeal to maintain a decent standard of food for sailors, to care for the sick, and to prevent the frequency of flogging in the United States Navy.
from Oxford Univ Pr (March 30, 2000)
9780192838018 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $8.95
About: A nineteenth-century appeal to maintain a decent standard of food for sailors, to care for the sick, and to reduce the frequency of flogging in the navy
With H. H. Drake Williams, III (other contributor), Tony Tanner, Thomas J. Marinello (other contributor), John Dugdale | from Oxford Univ Pr (January 1, 1991)
9780192818287 | details & prices | 4.50 × 7.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.55 lbs | List price $7.95
This edition also contains My Brother's Keeper: Essays in Honor of Ellis R. Brotzman
About: A nineteenth-century appeal to maintain a decent standard of food for sailors, to care for the sick, and to reduce the frequency of flogging in the navy
Paperback
Book cover for 9780810118287 Book cover for 9781484885581 Book cover for 9781515133919
 
The price comparison is for this edition
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (July 18, 2015)
9781515133919 | details & prices | 474 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 1.07 in. | List price $17.95
This edition also contains White-Jacket: Or the World in a Man-Of-War
About: White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War is the fifth book by American writer Herman Melville, first published in London in 1850.
With Herman Melville | from Createspace Independent Pub (May 4, 2013); titled "White-jacket or the World in a Man-of-war"
9781484885581 | details & prices | 346 pages | 7.44 × 9.69 × 0.78 in. | List price $13.99
This edition also contains White-Jacket: Or the World in a Man-Of-War
About: White-Jacket Or The World In A Man-Of-War
from Northwestern Univ Pr (November 1, 2000)
9780810118287 | details & prices | 400 pages | 5.25 × 8.25 × 0.75 in. | 1.05 lbs | List price $16.95
About: Herman Melville wrote White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War during two months of intense work in the summer of 1849.

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