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Herman Melville - Author
It is better to fail in originality
than to succeed in imitation.

Herman Melville

The writing career of Herman Melville (1819 – 1891) peaked early, with his early novels, such as 'Typee' becoming best sellers. By the mid-1850s his popularity declined sharply, and by the time he died he had been largely forgotten. Yet in time his novel 'Moby Dick' came to be regarded as one of the finest works of American, and indeed world, literature, as was 'Billy Budd', which was not published until long after his death, in 1924.

Books by Herman Melville