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Billy Budd, Sailor
ISBN 0671028332 / 9780671028336 / 0-671-02833-2
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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Billy Budd, Sailor has been called the best short novel ever written. In his brilliantly condensed narrative prose, Herman Melville fashions a legal parable in which reason and intellect prove incapable of preserving innocence in the face of evil. For all those who feel themselves threatened by a hostile and inflexible environment, there is special significance in this haunting story of a handsome sailor who becomes a victim of man's intransigence.
Since its posthumous publication in 1924, Billy Budd has become one of the acknowledged masterpieces of American literature. [via]