Billy Budd, Sailor
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Billy Budd is a sailor on a British ship during the Napoleonic wars. He's friends with everyone except the master-at-arms, Claggart, who falsely accuses him of inciting mutiny. This parable of the clash between good and evil looks to the conflicts between the requirements of the law and the needs of humanity. Discovered unfinished after Herman Melville's death, this text is the result of study and research by Melville scholars. 74 pages, softcover. Dover Thrift Edition.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 80
Vendor: Dover Publications
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0486813630
ISBN-13: 9780486813639
Series: Dover Thrift Editions

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Publisher's Description

Cheerful, hardworking, and handsome, Billy is pressed into naval service aboard a British ship during the Napoleonic wars. The innocent and lovable young man quickly wins the hearts of all his comrades, save one: Claggart, the implacably bitter master-at-arms, who falsely accuses Billy of inciting mutiny. Rich in ambiguities, Herman Melville's haunting parable of the clash between good and evil raises thought-provoking issues related to the conflict between the requirements of the law and the needs of humanity.
This is the definitive edition of Melville's classic tale. Billy Budd, Sailor was discovered unfinished in the author's desk shortly after his 1891 death and remained unpublished until 1924. This text is the result of years of study and scrupulous research by Melville scholars. It offers students and other lovers of literature the best and most authentic version of the American storyteller's final masterpiece.

Author Bio

Herman Melville (1819–1891) found early success with stories inspired by his adventures in the South Seas. His fortunes declined with the 1851 publication of Moby-Dick, now recognized as a masterpiece but scorned by Melville’s contemporaries. The author was obliged to work as a New York City customs inspector and died in obscurity, three decades before the critical reassessment of his work.

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