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Herman Melvilles Malcolm Letter: Mans Final Love Hennig Cohen

Herman Melvilles Malcolm Letter: Mans Final Love

Hennig Cohen

Published January 1st 1993
ISBN : 9780823211845
Hardcover
258 pages
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The Malcolm Letter was written by Melville in 1849 on the birth of his son. This letter is one of thirty-six to be retrieved since the publication of The Letters of Herman Melville (1960) and has earned a place in the New York Public LibrarysMoreThe Malcolm Letter was written by Melville in 1849 on the birth of his son. This letter is one of thirty-six to be retrieved since the publication of The Letters of Herman Melville (1960) and has earned a place in the New York Public Librarys Gansevoort-Lansing Collection. Addressed to Melvilles brother, the letter entices critics to read it on several levels. It reveals Melvilles serious consideration of his own fathers influence on his upbringing as he anticipates undertaking the role of father himself. It is not a literary work, but a deeply personal outpouring distinguished by dark underpinnings barely hidden by his light-hearted tone. In a bit of dramatic irony, Melville reflects on the responsibility looming ahead of him as the reader notes the tragedy that Melville cannot possibly foresee - his son Malcolms suicide eighteen years later. Cohens and Yannellas careful study relives for the reader this and other events which shaped the clannish Melville family history. They also show how the authors struggle with these pressures are manifested in his writing. This volume is published in cooperation with the New York Public Library.