Redburn

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 21, 2010 - Fiction - 416 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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I feel like what I just finished reading could have been told in about half the number of pages and have been done better. There were certain passages and sentences that showed the make of a brilliant writer, but overall it was underwhelming. Read full review

Contents

INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER IHOW WELLINGBOROUGH REDBURNS TASTE FOR THE SEA WAS BORN AND BRED IN HIM
CHAPTER IIREDBURNS DEPARTURE FROM HOME
CHAPTER IIIHE ARRIVES IN TOWN
CHAPTER IVHOW HE DISPOSED OF HIS FOWLINGPIECE
CHAPTER VHE PURCHASES HIS SEAWARDROBE AND ON A DISMAL RAINY DAY PICKS UP HIS BOARD AND LODGING ALONG THE ...
CHAPTER VIHE IS INITIATED IN THE BUSINESS OF CLEANING OUT THE PIGPEN AND SLUSHING DOWN THE TOPMAST
CHAPTER VIIHE GETS TO SEA AND FEELS VERY BAD
CHAPTER XXXIIITHE SALTDROGHERS AND GERMAN EMIGRANT SHIPS
CHAPTER XXXIVTHE IRRAWADDY
CHAPTER XXXVGALLIOTS COASTOFGUINEAMAN AND FLOATING CHAPEL
CHAPTER XXXVITHE OLD CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS AND THE DEADHOUSE
CHAPTER XXXVIIWHAT REDBURN SAW IN LAUNCELOTTSHEY
CHAPTER XXXVIIITHE DOCKWALL BEGGARS
CHAPTER XXXIXTHE BOOBLEALLEYS OF THE TOWN
CHAPTER XLPLACARDS BRASSJEWELERS TRUCKHORSES AND STEAMERS

CHAPTER VIIIHE IS PUT INTO THE LARBOARD WATCH GETS SEASICKAND RELATES SOME OTHER OF HIS EXPERIENCES
CHAPTER IXTHE SAILORS BECOMING A LITTLE SOCIAL REDBURN CONVERSES WITH THEM
CHAPTER XHE IS VERY MUCH FRIGHTENED THE SAILORS ABUSE HIM AND HE BECOMES MISERABLE AND FORLORN
CHAPTER XIHE HELPS WASH THE DECKS AND THEN GOES TO BREAKFAST
CHAPTER XIIHE GIVES SOME ACCOUNT OF ONE OF HIS SHIPMATES CALLED JACKSON
CHAPTER XIIIHE HAS A FINE DAY AT SEA BEGINS TO LIKE IT BUT CHANGES HIS MIND
CHAPTER XIVHE CONTEMPLATES MAKING A SOCIAL CALL ON THE CAPTAIN IN HIS CABIN
CHAPTER XVTHE MELANCHOLY STATE OF HIS WARDROBE
CHAPTER XVIAT DEAD OF NIGHT HE IS SENT UP TO LOOSE THE MAINSKYSAIL
CHAPTER XVIITHE COOK AND STEWARD
CHAPTER XVIIIHE ENDEAVORS TO IMPROVE HIS MINDAND TELLS OF ONE BLUNT AND HIS DREAM BOOK
CHAPTER XIXA NARROW ESCAPE
CHAPTER XXIN A FOG HE IS SET TO WORK AS A BELLTOLLER AND BEHOLDS A HERD OF OCEANELEPHANTS
CHAPTER XXIA WHALEMAN AND A MANOFWARSMAN
CHAPTER XXIITHE HIGHLANDER PASSES A WRECK
CHAPTER XXIIIAN UNACCOUNTABLE CABINPASSENGER AND A MYSTERIOUS YOUNG LADY
CHAPTER XXIVHE BEGINS TO HOP ABOUT IN THE RIGGING LIKE A SAINT JAGOS MONKEY
CHAPTER XXVQUARTERDECK FURNITURE
CHAPTER XXVIA SAILOR A JACK OF ALL TRADES
CHAPTER XXVIIHE GETS A PEEP AT IRELAND AND AT LAST ARRIVES AT LIVERPOOL
CHAPTER XXVIIIHE GOES TO SUPPER AT THE SIGN OF THE BALTIMORE CLIPPER
CHAPTER XXIXREDBURN DEFERENTIALLY DISCOURSES CONCERNING THE PROSPECTS OF SAILORS
CHAPTER XXXREDBURN GROWS INTOLERABLY FLAT AND STUPID OVER SOME OUTLANDISH OLD GUIDEBOOKS
CHAPTER XXXIWITH HIS PROSY OLD GUIDEBOOK HE TAKES A PROSY STROLL THROUGH THE TOWN
CHAPTER XXXIITHE DOCKS
CHAPTER XLIREDBURN ROVES ABOUT HITHER AND THITHER
CHAPTER XLIIHIS ADVENTURE WITH THE CROSS OLD GENTLEMAN
CHAPTER XLIIIHE TAKES A DELIGHTFUL RAMBLE INTO THE COUNTRY AND MAKES THE ACQUAINTANCE OF THREE ADORABLE ...
CHAPTER XLIVREDBURN INTRODUCES MASTER HARRY BOLTON TO THE FAVORABLE CONSIDERATION OF THE READER
CHAPTER XLVHARRY BOLTON KIDNAPS REDBURN AND CHARRIES HIM OFF TO LONDON
CHAPTER XLVIA MYSTERIOUS NIGHT IN LONDON
CHAPTER XLVIIHOMEWARDBOUND
CHAPTER XLVIIIA LIVING CORPSE
CHAPTER XLIXCARLO
CHAPTER LHARRY BOLTON AT SEA
CHAPTER LITHE EMIGRANTS
CHAPTER LIITHE EMIGRANTS KITCHEN
CHAPTER LIIITHE HORATII AND CURIATII1
CHAPTER LIVSOME SUPERIOR OLD NAILROD AND PIGTAIL1
CHAPTER LVDRAWING NIGH TO THE LAST SCENE IN JACKSONS CAREER
CHAPTER LVIUNDER THE LEE OF THE LONGBOAT REDBURN AND HARRY HOLD CONFIDENTIAL COMMUNION
CHAPTER LVIIALMOST A FAMINE
CHAPTER LVIIITHOUGH THE HIGHLANDER PUTS INTO NO HARBOR AS YET SHE HERE AND THERE LEAVES MANY OF HER PASSEN...
CHAPTER LIXTHE LAST END OF JACKSON
CHAPTER LXHOME AT LAST
CHAPTER LXIREDBURN AND HARRY ARM IN ARM IN HARBOR
CHAPTER LXIITHE LAST THAT WAS EVER HEARD OF HARRY BOLTON
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About the author (2010)

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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