Melville, Herman – Author


This Herman Melville mug is part of a biographical series profiling unique authors and includes an image of Herman Melville and a short biography.

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Herman Melville was a novelist, writer, poet, sailor, lecturer and customs inspector.  He was friends with Nathaniel Hawthorne, who he saw as a mentor, and to whom he dedicated Moby-Dick.  Melville was a celebrated author in the 1840s but his writing did not make him money.  An inheritance brought some stability to his financial life, but his mental health was questionable.  He wrote to the end of his life, though his work was not fully appreciated until long after his death, by 20th-century scholars.

Herman Melville is best known for his writings based on the five years he spent at sea.  In 1841, he signed on to the whaling ship Acushnet, then in 1842 jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands.  This became the basis for his first book Typee (1845).  He  signed on to the whaler Lucy Ann where he took part in a mutiny.  During his time at sea Melville developed a dislike for authority and a desire for freedom.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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