On an outing in the Berkshire Mountains

On an outing in the Berkshire Mountains - ,.Hemetandformed...

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On an outing in the Berkshire Mountains, Melville made a major literary contact. He met and formed  a close relationship with his neighbor and mentor, Nathaniel Hawthorne, whom he had reviewed in  an essay for  Literary World.  Their friendship, as recorded in Melville's letters, provided Melville with a  sounding board and bulwark through his literary career. As a token of his warm feelings, he  dedicated  Moby-Dick  (1851), his fourth and most challenging novel, to Hawthorne. As he expressed  to his friend and editor, Evert Duyckinck, two years before composing  Moby-Dick:  "I love all men who  dive. Any fish can swim near the surface, but it takes a great whale to go down stairs five miles or  more." The sentiment reflects both the dedicatee and the author as well. Melville attempted to support not only his own family but also his mother and sisters, who moved in 
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This note was uploaded on 11/28/2011 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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