Billy Budd, Sailor

Herman Melville

Billy Budd, Sailor
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Herman Melville

230 pages | 14 halftones | 5-1/4 x 8 | © 1962
Paper $14.00 ISBN: 9780226321325 Published September 2001
E-book $7.00 to $14.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226189048 Published April 2013
Hayford and Sealts's text was the first accurate version of Melville's final novel. Based on a close analysis of the manuscript, thoroughly annotated, and packaged with a history of the text and perspectives for its criticism, this edition will remain the definitive version of a profoundly suggestive story.

"The texts are impeccably accurate. . . . The collection is accompanied by an unobtrusive but expert annotation. . . . Probably Melville's finest short work, the incomplete 'Billy Budd,' [is] a striking reworking of the crucifixion set in the English maritime service of the Revolutionary period."—John Sutherland, The Los Angeles Times
Editors' Introduction
Growth of the Manuscript
Plates I-VIII
History of the Text
Perspectives for Criticism
Billy Budd, Sailor: The Reading Text
Billy Budd, Sailor
Notes and Commentary
Textual Notes
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