Herman Melville: Selected Criticism

Bibliography Prepared by Mary Goodwin


Items Arranged Chronologically

  • Melville, Herman, "Hawthorne and His Mosses," New York Literary World (Aug. 17 and 24, 1850).


  • ---.Letter to Nathaniel Hawthorne, June 29, 1851, in The Letters of Herman Melville, ed. Merrell R. Davis and William H. Gilman (New Haven: Yale UP, 1960).

  • Duyckinck, Evert A., "Melville's Moby-Dick; or, The Whale," New York Literary World 9 (Nov. 22, 1851): 403-04.


  • Anonymous review, "Moby-Dick," London Athenaeum (Oct.25, 1851). Moby-Dick as "Bedlamite literature."


  • "B.V." [James Thomson], "Walt Whitman," National Reformer (London) new ser. 24 (Aug. 30, 1874): 135. First comparison of WW and HM.


  • MacMechan, Archibald, "The Best Sea Story Ever Written," Queen's Quarterly7, Kingston, Ont. (Oct. 1899)L 120-130.


  • Van Doren, Carl, "Contemporaries of Cooper," in Cambridge History of American Literature , vol. 1, ed. W. P. Trent et al. (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1917): 322-23. ---, "Mocha Dick," in Roving Critic (New York: Knopf, 1923):97-99.


  • "A Wayfarer" [John Middleton Murry], "A Deposition from a New Reader," Nation (London) 28 (Jan. 22, 1921):572.


  • Weaver, Raymond, Herman Melville: Mariner and Mystic (New York: Doran, 1921).


  • Lawrence, D.H., "Herman Melville's Moby-Dick," in Studies in Classic American Literature (New York: Thomas Seltzer, Inc., 1923):153-70.


  • Olson, Charles, "Lear and Moby-Dick," Twice a Year 1(Fall-Winter, 1938): 165-89. ---, Call Me Ishmael (New York: Reynall and Hitchcock, 1947).


  • * Matthiessen, F. O., "The Revenger's Tragedy," in American Renaissance (New York: Oxford UP, 1941): 396-466.


  • Wright, Nathalia, Melville's Use of the Bible (Durham, NC: Duke UP, 1949).


  • Murray, Henry A., "In Nomine Diaboli," New England Quarterly 24 (Dec. 1951): 435-452.


  • Leyda, Jay, The Melville Log: A Documentary Life of Herman Melville, 1819-1891 2 vols. (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1951).


  • Howard, Leon, Herman Melville: A Biography (Berkeley: U California P, 1951).


  • Fiedler, Leslie, Love and Death in the American Novel (New York: Criterion, 1960): 369-88, 453-5.


  • Brodtkorb, Paul Jr., Ishmael's White World: A Phenomenological Reading of Moby-Dick (New Haven: Yale UP, 1965).


  • Vincent, Howard P., ed., Charles E. Merrill Studies in Moby-Dick (Columbus, OH: Charles E. Merrill, 1969).


  • Parker, Hershel and Harrison Hayford, eds., Moby-Dick as Doubloon: Essays and Extracts 1851-1970 (New York: W. W. Norton and Co., 1970).


  • Higgins, Brian, Herman Melville: An Annotated Bibliography: Vol. 1: 1846-1930 (Boston: G. K. Hall and Co., 1979). ---, Herman Melville: A Reference Guide, 1931-1960 (Boston: G.K. Hall and Co., 1987).


  • Adams, Michael V., "Whaling and Difference: Moby-Dick Deconstructed," New Orleans Review 10.4 (Winter 1983): 59-64.


  • Parker, Hershel, "Moby-Dick and Domesticity," in Critical Essays on Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, ed. Brian Higgins and Hershel Parker. (New York: G.K. Hall and Co., 1992): 545-562.


  • Reynolds, David S., "Its wood could only be American!": Moby-Dick and Antebellum Popular Culture," in Parker and Higgins (1992): 523-544.


  • Buckley, J.F., "Skirting the Phallus, Circumscribing the Community: Steelkit as Transvestic Rebel," Melville Society Extracts 104 (March 1996): 14-19.