Redburn: His First Voyage : Being the Sailor-boy Confessions and Reminiscences of the Son-of-a-gentleman, in the Merchant Service

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Modern Library, 2002 - Fiction - 382 pages
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Drawn from Melville’s own adolescent experience aboard a merchant ship, Redburn charts the coming-of-age of Wellingborough Redburn, a young innocent who embarks on a crossing to Liverpool together with a roguish crew. Once in Liverpool, Redburn encounters the squalid conditions of the city and meets Harry Bolton, a bereft and damaged soul, who takes him on a tour of London that includes a scene of rococo decadence unlike anything else in Melville’s fiction. In her Introduction, Elizabeth Hardwick writes, “Redburn is rich in masterful portraits—a gallery of wild colors, pretensions and falsehoods, fleeting associations of unexpected tenderness. . . . Redburn is not a document; it is a work of art by the unexpected genius of a sailor, Herman Melville.”

This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the text of the first American edition of 1849.

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Redburn (2008): This is a pretty decent story about a young man of the 1840s who goes to sea for the first time. It starts out like an adventure, then it becomes like a travelogue and , finally, at ... Read full review

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Contents

Redburns Departure from Home
11
He Gets to Sea and Feels Very Bad
37
He Helps Wash the Decks and Then Goes to Breakfast
61
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Elizabeth Hardwick is the author of many books and essays, including American Fictions (available from Modern Library Paperbacks) and Herman Melville. She lives in New York City.

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