Herman Melville

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Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. novelist, essayist, and poet.

Melville's Moby Dick stands as one of the very finest novels ever written. His Captain Ahab is one of the greatest characters in American fiction -- a Quaker sea captain obsessed with killing the mighty whale who has cost him one of his legs.

"Moby-Dick" was poorly received when first published.

Melville also wrote White-Jacket, Typee, Omoo, Pierre, The Confidence Man and many short stories and works of various genres.

Melville was a friend of Nathaniel Hawthorne and a New York City Customs agent.