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Billy Budd, Sailor
Herman Melville

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                                      Billy Budd, Sailor1

                                             by Herman Melville

 

A short novel completed in draft form in 1891, first published in 1924.

In an era of naval mutinies, seaman Billy Budd accidentally kills a malicious superior and then willingly suffers the dire consequences.

 

 

 

 

           BILLY BUDD, FORETOPMAN

WHAT BEFELL HIM IN THE YEAR OF

THE GREAT MUTINY

 

Begun--Friday, November 16, 1888

Revision begun--March 2, 1889

Finished--April 19, 1891.

 

 

DEDICATED TO

JACK CHASE

ENGLISHMAN

 

WHEREVER THAT GREAT HEART MAY NOW BE

HERE ON EARTH OR HARBOURED IN PARADISE

CAPTAIN OF THE MAINTOP2 IN THE YEAR  1843

IN THE U.S. FRIGATE UNITED STATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Text: From Billy Budd, Foretopman. Edited by Raymond Weaver (The Works of Herman Melville, Vol 8., London: Constable, 1924; revised in The Shorter Novels of Herman Melville. New York: H. Liveright, 1928).

2See link at bottom of each page for Dictionary (courtesy David Padilla).

 

PORTRAIT: Herman Melville (photographer unknown).

CITATION INFORMATION (in MLA format): Padilla, David, editor. Herman Melville's Billy BuddU Virginia. Gleeditions, 17 Apr. 2011, www.gleeditions.com/billybudd/students/toc.asp?lid=101. Originally published on Hypertexts, American Studies at the University of Virginia, 2001, xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/bb/bb_main.html.

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