Author Writes Of Melville's Posthumous Popularity
11/08/10 12:08PM By Jane Lindholm
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Quoting a term used by Friedrich Nietzsche, Vermont author Jay Parini says that writer Herman Melville was "born posthumous." Parini says the writer, most famous for Moby Dick and Billy Bud never found success until after his death, each one of his books faring worse then the previous one.
Melville's life of adventure and tumult is now described in Parini's new novel The Passages of H. M. The book tells the story of Melville's youthful exploits on the high seas and his later descent into depression and domestic violence.