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Early Years From early times, Herman Melville, like countless other lonely, contemplative, and misunderstood  wanderers, was drawn to the sea. A reserved, bookish, skeptical man, he was never given to easy  answers or orthodox religious beliefs. He was a striking figure — average in height with a full, curling  brown beard, cane, and ever-present Meerschaum pipe. His merry blue-green eyes and cheerful  sociability brought him many friends and partners for games of whist. He was a faithful letter writer and established a reputation as a mesmerizing teller of tales. He gave  full range to his imagination, as demonstrated by his comment about the writing of  Moby-Dick:  "I  have a sort of sea-feeling. My room seems a ship's cabin; and at nights when I wake up and hear the 
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  • Fall '08
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  • Boston Tea Party., Revolutionary War leaders, ever­present Meerschaum pipe., orthodox religious beliefs., merry blue­green eyes

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