"The Twisted Mind": Madness in Herman Melville's Fiction
University of Iowa Press, 1990 - 176 Seiten
Drawing from two biographies of Melville, the author explores Melville's exposure to the topic of insanity in his life experiences and his reading. He then traces chronologically the development of the theme in Melville's fiction from Typee and Omoo through The Confidence-Man and Billy Budd, Sailor, finding parallels in Melville's initial fear, his struggle for understanding, and his ultimate acceptance and keen comprehension of insanity.
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