Andrew Delbanco's Melville: His World and Work gets a very positive shout from Jay Parini in the Guardian today. Hopefully, if Picador are kind enough to send one on, I'll be reviewing it here soon enough. In the meantime, I've just taken posession of Loren Goldner's abundantly titled Herman Melville: Between Charlemagne and the Antemosaic Cosmic Man: Race, Class and the Crisis of Bourgeois Ideology in an American Renaissance Writer which, if his website Break Their Haughty Power is anything to go by, will be a quite different take on Melville and his work.

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