Billy Budd and Benito Cereno (LEATHER BOUND)
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Billy Budd, Sailor (1924) is a novella begun in November 1888 by American author Herman Melville, left unfinished at his death in 1891 and published in 1924. It was acclaimed by British critics as a masterpiece when published in London, and quickly took its place among the canon of significant works in the United States. The novella was discovered in manuscript form in 1919 by Raymond M. Weaver, who was studying Melville's papers as his first biographer. Edited by Melville's widow, the manuscript was confusing. Poor transcription and misinterpretation of Melville's notes marred the first published editions of the text. After several years of study, Harrison Hayford and Merton M. Sealts, Jr. published what is now considered the authoritative text in 1962.
Benito Cereno is a novella by Herman Melville. It was first serialized in Putnam's Monthly in 1855 and later included a slightly revised version in his collection The Piazza Tales (1856). The novella centers on a slave rebellion on board a Spanish merchant ship in 1799 and because of its ambiguity has been read by some as racist and pro-slavery and by others as anti-racist and abolitionist text. Earlier critics, however, had seen Benito Cereno as a tale that primarily explores human depravity and does not reflect upon race at all. Benito Cereno has emerged as a tale of desperate men in the grip of a vengeful fury that those whom they hate cannot begin to understand.
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