Drawn from Melville's own adolescent experience aboard a merchant
ship, "Redburn" charts the coming-of-age of Wellingborough Redburn,
a young innocent who embarks on a crossing toLiverpool together
with a roguish crew. Once in Liverpool, Redburn encounters the
squalid conditions of the city and meets Harry Bolton, a bereft and
damaged soul, who takes him on a tour of London that includes a
scene ofrococo decadence unlike anything else in Melville's
fiction. In her Introduction, Elizabeth Hardwick writes, ""Redburn"
is rich in masterful portraits-a gallery of wildcolors, pretensions
and falsehoods, fleeting associations of unexpected tenderness. . .
. "Redburn" is not a document; it is a work of art by the
unexpected genius of a sailor, HermanMelville."
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the
first American edition of 1849.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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