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Melville's Thematics of Form: The Great Art of Telling the Truth.

Edgar A. Dryden.

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ISBN 10: 0801801788 / ISBN 13: 9780801801785
Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD, 1968
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Very Good+ in Very Good DJ: Both book and DJ show indications of very careful use. The Book shows just a touch of wear to the lower extremities; the binding shows barely discernible lean, but remains perfectly secure; the text is clean. The DJ shows only a tiny nick at the top of the rear panel and a tiny tear at the upper rear corner: the price has been clipped. Overall, remains structurally sound and tightly bound, showing mild wear and a few minor flaws in a like DJ. This is a REMAINDER, showing a small red dot at the top edge of the text block. NOT a Book-Club or Ex-Library. 8vo. xiv, 226 pages. First Edition [1968], unstated, in accordance with the publisher's customary practice. Hardback with DJ. Bookseller Inventory # 46599

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Title: Melville's Thematics of Form: The Great Art ...

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

Publication Date: 1968

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: First Edition [1968], unstated..

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I have attempted to describe the internal morphology of Melville's fictional world and to trace the implications of the form of his vision of things as it gradually develops throughout the span of his career as a writer. My special perspective is provided by "Hawthorne and His Moses" in which Melville defines fiction as the "greatest Art of Telling the Truth" ans implies that an essential part of the career of any writer is his search for a form which will allow him safely to explore and reveal a destructive and maddening Truth. This focus is necessarily restrictive, but Melville's fictional world, like that of any great writer, is composed of an unlimited number of horizons, and an unlimited number of critical perspectives are possible. I have chosen one which seems to me to reveal an interesting and important portion of Melville's fictional landscape.

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