978-0-8129-6617-6 / 9780812966176

White-Jacket: or, The World in a Man-of-War (Modern Library Classics)


Publisher:Modern Library



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One of Melvilles most popular novels during his lifetimeand the subject of renewed interest in recent decadesWhite-Jacket is both a brisk sea adventure and a powerful social critique. Based on Melvilles own experiences, it explores the fascinating and often harrowing world of a naval fighting ship, the Neversink. The ship becomes for Melville a microcosm of America itself; its hierarchy, social divisions, and cruel practices suggest larger injustices, including slavery.

This Modern Library Paperback Classic reproduces the definitive Northwestern-Newberry Edition.

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