The Resource The whale : a love story, Mark Beauregard

The whale : a love story, Mark Beauregard

Label
The whale : a love story
Title
The whale
Title remainder
a love story
Statement of responsibility
Mark Beauregard
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A rich and captivating novel set amid the witty, high-spirited literary society of 1850s New England, offering a new window on Herman Melville's emotionally charged relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne and how it transformed his masterpiece, Moby-Dick. In the summer of 1850, Herman Melville finds himself hounded by creditors and afraid his writing career might be coming to an end--his last three novels have been commercial failures and the critics have turned against him. In despair, Melville takes his family for a vacation to his cousin's farm in the Berkshires, where he meets Nathaniel Hawthorne at a picnic--and his life turns upside down. The Whale chronicles the fervent love affair that grows out of that serendipitous afternoon. Already in debt, Melville recklessly borrows money to purchase a local farm in order to remain near Hawthorne, his newfound muse. The two develop a deep connection marked by tensions and estrangements, and feelings both shared and suppressed. Melville dedicated Moby-Dick to Hawthorne, and Mark Beauregard's novel fills in the story behind that dedication with historical accuracy and exquisite emotional precision, reflecting his nuanced reading of the real letters and journals of Melville, Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and others. An exuberant tale of longing and passion, The Whale captures not only a transformative relationship--long the subject of speculation--between two of our most enduring authors, but also their exhilarating moment in history, when a community of high-spirited and ambitious writers was creating truly American literature for the first time
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Beauregard, Mark
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3602.E2637
LC item number
W43 2016
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Melville, Herman
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  • Authors, American
Label
The whale : a love story, Mark Beauregard
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn925398036
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
281 pages
Isbn
9780399562334
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o925398036
  • (OCoLC)925398036
Label
The whale : a love story, Mark Beauregard
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn925398036
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
281 pages
Isbn
9780399562334
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o925398036
  • (OCoLC)925398036

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