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).

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