dimanche 26 octobre 2014

Incipits: Melville, Billy Budd, Sailor

In the time before steamships, or then more frequently than now, a stroller along the docks of any considerable seaport would occasionally have his attention arrested by a group of bronzed mariners, man-of-war's men or merchant sailors in holiday attire, ashore on liberty.

Herman MELVILLE, Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative), (unfinished, first published 1924).

mardi 21 octobre 2014

Incipits: Melville, Daniel Orme

A sailor's name as it appears on a crew-list is not always his real name, nor in every instance does it indicate his country.

Herman MELVILLE, Daniel Orme, (unfinished, published 1924).

jeudi 16 octobre 2014

Incipits: Melville, John Marr

John Marr, toward the close of the last century born in America of a mother unknown, and from boyhood up to maturity a sailor under divers flags, disabled at last from further maritime life by a crippling wound received at close quarters with pirates of the Keys, eventually betakes himself for a livelihood to less active employment ashore.

Herman MELVILLE, John Marr, 1888.

samedi 11 octobre 2014

Incipits: Melville, Benito Cereno

In the year 1799, Captain Amasa Delano, of Duxbury, in Massachusets, commanding a large sealer and general trader, lay at anchor with valuable cargo, in the harbor of St Maria – a small, desert, un inhabited island toward the southern extremity of the long coast of Chili.

Herman MELVILLE, Benito Cereno, 1855.

lundi 6 octobre 2014

Incipits: Melville, The Bell-Tower

In the south of Europe, nigh a once frescoed capital, now with dank mould cankering its bloom, central in a plain, stands what, at distance, seems the black mossed stump of some immeasurable pine, fallen, in forgotten days, with Anak and the Titan.

Herman MELVILLE, The Bell-Tower, 1855.

mercredi 1 octobre 2014

Incipits: Melville, The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles

Take five-and-twenty heaps of cinders dumped here and there in an outside city lot; imagine some of them magnified into mountains, and the vacant lot the sea; and you will have a fit idea of the general aspect of the Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles.

Herman MELVILLE, The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles, 1854.

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