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About the Author: Herman Melville

Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby-Dick — largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for Melville's fall from favor with the reading public — was rediscovered in the 20th century as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.


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Paperback, Published in Jul 2008 by Book Jungle

ISBN10: 1605979198 | ISBN13: 9781605979199

Page count: 192

The authoritative edition of Melvilleas only historical novel
Based on the life of an actual soldier who claimed to have fought at Bunker Hill, "Israel Potter" is unique among Herman Melvilleas books: a novel in the guise of a biography. In telling the story of Israel Potteras fall from Revolutionary War hero to peddler on the streets of London, where he obtained a livelihood by crying aOld Chairs to Mend, a Melville alternated between invented scenes and historical episodes, granting cameos to such famous men of the era as Benjamin Franklin (Potter may have been his secret courier) and John Paul Jones, and providing a portrait of the American Revolution as the rollicking adventure and violent series of events that it really was.
This edition of "Israel Potter," which reproduces the definitive text, includes selections from Potteras autobiography, "Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter," the basis for Melvilleas novel.

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