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Shunned by readers as uncouth, formless, irrelevant, verbose, and emotional,  Moby-Dick  was the  nadir of his career. Alarmed by the author's physical and emotional collapse, his family summoned  Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes to attend him. They borrowed money from Lizzie's father to send Melville  on a recuperative trek to Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East; however, his health remained  tenuous. Later Years Depressed, Melville traveled to San Francisco aboard a clipper ship captained by his youngest  brother, Tom, lectured about the South Seas and his European travels, wrote poetry, and in vain  sought a consulship in the Pacific, Italy, or Belgium to stabilize his failing finances. With deep-felt  patriotism, he tried to join the Navy at the outbreak of the American Civil War but was turned down.
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