Though best-known for his epic masterpieceMoby-Dick,Herman
Melville also left a body of short stories arguably unmatched in
American fiction. In the sorrowful tragedy ofBilly
Budd,Sailor; the controlled rage ofBenito Cereno; and
the tantalizing enigma ofBartleby, the Scrivener; Melville
reveals himself as a singular storyteller of tremendous range and
Herman Melville (1819-1863) is one of America's greatest writers. During his lifetime, Melville published nine novels, a collection of tales, and four volumes of poetry, along with various uncollected tales, poems, and reviews. Peter Coviello (introduction and notes) is a professor of American literature and queer studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His books include Intimacy in America- Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature and, most recently, Tomorrow's Parties- Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America, which was a finalist for a 2013 Lambda Award in LGBT Studies.