Herman Melville was an American author best known for his masterpiece called “Moby Dick.” He also wrote many short stories, poems, and essays during his life. Moby Dick, was not a success during his lifetime but was rediscovered during the twentieth century in America and around the world. He has had a great influence on American literature, as well as literature around the world. Here is a short biography of his life and some accomplishments.
Herman Melville was born on August 1, 1819 in New York City.
1837-1840 were mostly spent teaching school.
1841 Herman sailed from Fairhaven, Massachusetts on the whaler Achushnet for the Pacific ocean. There was not much recorded during the next 18 months, but his two pieces “Moby Dick” and “The Whale” may give some insight as to what he saw and how he occupied his time.
Melville was a member of the Unitarian Church in New York City
Herman Melville was a great literary influence during his life and after he died. His most famous pieces of work did not become so until after his death. He reached many people in his quest to do what he loved; write.