Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819 was born in New York City on August 1, 1819.
In the 1830’s he was the third child. Melville became an official student to the Albany Academy and Albany Classic School, where he started his study in classic literature. Melville then began to write short-stories, poems, and essays. Then in 1837 Melville had omitted Albany to go pursue a job to teach in Massachusetts, but then determined that the job was unsatisfying and so Herman returned back to New York. That same Year Melville’s got into a financial position. They then moved to Lansingburgh, New York, so then Melville became an official member to Lansingburgh Academy, so he could research surveying, so then he could hopefully get a job to the new initiated Erie Canal project. After Melville wasn’t able to secure a job, Melville than would go to perform as a crew member on a ship. Then on 1839, Melville next signed to become a servant for the retailer ship called St.
Lawrence, which would make a journey from New York City then to Liverpool, England, and back. Later in 1841, Melville got his second job on a boat this time work aboard for Acushnet, a whaling ship. But this trip was what may have sparked his literary career, Melville wild journey happened when after arriving at Marquesas Island of Polynesia in 1842. After Melville and a crew member deserted the ship they were soon captured by local cannibals. Although Melville was treated well, he than escaped after four months and aboard another whaling ship called the Lucky Ann, and then jailed after joining the crew in a mutiny. He then eventually got to end at Hawaii before getting a ride back to Massachusetts on the USS Unites States, getting to arrive home three years later after he left home. Melville to the advantages he had with his wild journey and put pen to paper to capture his experiences. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (1846), was a collaboration of his personal events and imagined events the plot of this book was too wild to believe.
Melville then made a sequel to this book that was equally successful called, Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas. Melville then went on to get married in 1847 to Elizabeth Shaw, the daughter of chief justice in Massachusetts. They would then go on to have four children. Melville would then go on to deliverer his signature work called, Moby-Dick (originally going to be called Whale) it’s under the genre American Romanticism, based on Melville’s experience on the whaleship and the disaster of the Essex Whaleship. Traveling from Nantucket, Massachusetts, to South America, the Essex had met its death on the Pacific Ocean on November 1820, when a sperm whale had attacked and destroyed the boat.
The crew members had left in their small whaleboats and had to deals with storms, thirst, illness and starvation, and were even reduced to rely cannibalism to live. Surprisingly however, succeeding in one of the great open-boat journeys of all time, the few survivors remaining were able to be picked up off South America. Their story, spread widely in America in the 19th century, providing a spark for Melville’s tale of a ship captain seeking revenge on an elusive whale. Melville didn’t get to see the success his book Moby-Dick had brought him. It wasn’t like that for him during his lifetime, his book was extremely criticized and was unimpressive to early critics during his lifetime. Moby-Dick was selling poorly along with the rest of the other books Melville had wrote, Melville eventually all but give up on writing novels. He then began to turn his creative thoughts and interest to poetry.
Melville than got back to writing a novel and started to write one when then he had passed away of a heart attack in New York City on September 28,1891. His small amount of fame has vanished by then, but then people had started to reprint his books, then slowly started to gain fame again slowly. By the end of 1920s, Melville had become a well-known figure for readers and critics, even his last novel was able to see light. These days today, Herman Melville is considered as one of America’s greatest writer, they even remastered his famous book Moby-Dick into a movie in 1956. Then in 2015 people started to interested in Melville, what sparked people to get interested in him was that Ron Howard-directed In the Heart of the Sea, about the ill-fated voyage of the Essex. Melville had had a big impact on American writing today with is too good to believe writing.