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- December 30th 2020
(first published October 18th 1851)
- Date of birth: August 01, 1819
- Died: September 28, 1891
- Born: in New York City, New York, The United States.
- Description: There is more than one author with this name
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.