Category Archives: Herman Melville

an island … a city surrounded by WATER

                  photographs by Roger W. Smith       *****************************************************     The photographs posted here above were all taken by me within the past few months in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “A Commentary on Nathaniel Philbrick’s Observations about ‘Moby-Dick'”

  I have been reading Nathaniel Philbrick’s Why Read Moby-Dick? (2011). Philbrick is a great admirer of Herman Melville. He states, in the first chapter, that he has read Melville’s novel Moby-Dick “at least a dozen times.” I read Moby-Dick … Continue reading

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the Great American Novel

  A friend who was an omnivorous reader and an astute private critic once made the following observation to me: Everyone talks about the Great American Novel: when will it ever be written? It already has been written. It was … Continue reading

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one of Herman Melville’s last and most touching poems

      Monody by Herman Melville   To have known him, to have loved him after loneness long; And then to be estranged in life, And neither in the wrong; And now for death to set his seal— Ease … Continue reading

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