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Pierre: Or the Ambiguities by Herman Melville (The Kraken Edition) (1995 1st Ed Hardback)


£40.00

Very good condition used Hardback
with intact Dust Jacket.

1995 First Edition published by
HarperCollins, New York, USA.
Author: Herman Melville.
Editor: Hershel Parker.
Illustrator: Maurice Sendak.
ISBN: 0061180092.
Approx dims: 195mm h x 145mm w x 45mm d.

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Pierre: Or the Ambiguities by Herman Melville (The Kraken Edition)

Condition and Description:

Very good condition used Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

1995 First Edition published by HarperCollins, New York, USA.
Author: Herman Melville.
Editor: Hershel Parker. Illustrator: Maurice Sendak.
ISBN: 0061180092.
Approx dims: 195mm h x 145mm w x 45mm d.

Intact clean condition dust jacket with slight creasing to edges, plus slight rubbing and signs of handling. DJ intact spine with creasing to bottom. Dust Jacket over very good condition maroon cloth boards with gilt title lettering and illustration to front and spine. 449 clean/ slightly off white pages of English text with 30 colour illustrations, no inscriptions. Page ends slightly sunned. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of The Geraldine Conspiracy by Anne Chambers:

”HarperCollins is proud to present this controversial masterpiece of American literature, now restored to its original form and illuminated with 30 full-color pictures by Maurice Sendak., Offering all lovers of literature an extraordinary opportunity, this new edition of Pierre, or The Ambiguities is a reconstruction of the text, considered by Melville scholars as the finest psychological novel yet written in English, that Melville delivered to Harper & Brothers in January, 1852. Features 30 full-color pictures by Maurice Sendak.

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. Melville was a prolific writer who produced classics in many different genres including Moby Dick, Typee, and Benito Cereno. Pierre; or The Ambiguities is a novel that centers around a young man who is heir to a large estate in New York. Pierre is engaged and seems to have a perfectly normal life until he has a chance meeting with the mysterious Isabel Banford.

This Kraken Edition of Pierre, or The Ambiguities is a reconstruction of the text that Melville delivered to Harper & Brothers early in January 1852, just as some of the most devastating reviews of Moby-Dick were appearing. The Harper brothers apparently decided that Pierre was even more outrageous than Moby-Dick and tried to avoid publishing it by offering Melville less than half the royalties they had paid for his previous books. Accepting the humiliating contract, Melville took a self-destructive revenge. After Book XVI, he interpolated a new section on ‘Young America in Literature’, in which he arbitrarily announced that his hero, Pierre, had been a juvenile author. Melville proceeded to add an intrusive ‘Pierre as author’ sub-plot, disparaging American literary life and the world of publishing, which he left unassimilated into the book he had first completed.

Melville scholar Hershel Parker has long believed that the psychological stature of Moby-Dick would best be understood in the light of the original, shorter version of Pierre, in his opinion ‘surely the finest psychological novel anyone had yet written in English’. Moby-Dick and the reconstructed Pierre are at last revealed as complexly interlinked companion studies of the moods of thought – the Typee and Omoo of depth psychology. Furthermore, all Melville lovers will be challenged by Maurice Sendak’s extraordinary pictures, which constitute a brilliantly provocative interpretation of Melville’s study of moral and mental ambiguities.”