Biographical Sketch on Herman Melville

Moby Dick

    The novel Moby Dick was written by the great classical author Herman Melville. Melville was born in 1819. He was born into a large literary family. As a kid, he unfortunally got Scarlet fever, but that didn’t stop him from wanting to become an author. He challenged himself everyday into reading books after books until his eyes gained their strength again. His family later suffered an economic breakdown after their father’s business collapsed. This crisis brought Melville’s father, Allan, to his death for he couldn’t handle the stress and depression. Shortly after Melville and his siblings became orphans. Wanting to discover a new world to get out of his, he decided to join the Marines. This decision was not ever regretted for he loved the great sea adventures. After his patriotic service, he gained great passion for the seas. He later decided to ride different seas, so he found a job as a whaler.

    After giving it a thought, he decided to become a writer. Melville went to college to become an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. The most important themes that Melville includes in his novels are that of friendship and revenge. One of his great novels was Moby Dick, which was a fiction book influenced by all of his sea adventures and was dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Most of Melville’s novels are based on a sea adventure and all his novels are fiction based. Melville’s books weren’t well known until after his death.  It was when other authors had discovered the work of that of Melville. Others took interest in his books as well. Soon all of America and England became interested in the novel of Moby Dick. Then the novel was classified as a classic novel for its classical text and universal theme. It is ironic for an author to become famous after death for all authors crave for fame during their careers. It is hard to say whether the novel had a great impact in his life but it is for sure that it did make an impact on the world of literature. In the world of literature it created great interest in the books based on the adventures of the sea. Soon the interest on the books based on whales largely increased as well. The novel Moby Dick created a good name for Herman Melville for he is now known as a classical author.

Author: Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891)