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Herman Melville Life Works and Critical Evaluation Herman Melville American novelist of the 1800s wrote various novels that present radical themes Many of his works reflect his life and his past adventures In some of his writing it is obvious that he is reflecting on some of his past experiences that he had In addition he also wrote novels about love and adventure and used various characters to express his feelings Many of his novels were based on the time he spent at sea as a sailor Moreover all his work was astounding and had inner meaning Therefore Melville led an adventurous life wrote numerous novels and is remembered by modern readers Melvilles life was full of adventure He was born on the east coast in New York to a rich family Encarta However it would not stay this way for long because his father lost his job and then later died when Melville was only 13 After his father died Melville had to work at a young age to help support his family Magill 1856 Then when he was 19 he became a sailor and spent the next 6 years at sea traveling around the world Baron 316 When he returned to America he became a teacher and stayed with this job for a while Baron 316 Until in 1841 Melville returned to the sea and worked on a whaler boat Over the next few years Melville experienced many things He lived on an island with cannibalistic natives he was sent to prison and traveled to different islands Baron 316 In 1891 Melville died of a heart attack at the age of 72 Fuller 546 One of his unpublished novels after he died was found and read and is said to be one of his greatest writings Fuller 546 Melville wrote many novels and other things such as poetry His first five novels became popular quick The Internet Typee in 1846
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