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Billy Budd and Other Tales (1961) [Collection]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Herman Melville's short stories, somewhat neglected during his lifetime, today are considered to be among the small masterpieces of American fiction.

His imagination is inventive, ironic, and extraordinarily attuned to our times. His settings and themes are various: the limits of artistic creation; the opposition of innocence and evil; fear of isolation; the inviolate sanctity of the human heart; the fearfulness and fascination with the "enchanted isles"; the ferocity of the white whale; Calvinist hell-fire and damnation.

Melville's stories, like his great novell Moby-Dick, are unique in narrative method, profound in theme, and full of delights at all levels. This collection includes not only Billy Budd (in a reading text based on the famous Harvard Edition), but also all of The Piazza Tales, as well as "The Town-Ho's Story" from Moby Dick.


  • Billy Budd
  • The Piazza Tales
    • The Piazza
    • Bartleby
    • Benito Cereno
    • The Lightning-Rod Man
    • The Encantadas, or Enchanted Islands
    • The Bell-Tower
  • The Town-Ho's Story from Moby Dick
  • Afterward by Willard Thorpe
  • Selected Bibliography
  • A Note on the Text

Original title: Billy Budd and Other Tales
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral Fiction
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

The following works are contained within this one:
     Bartleby (1853) [Novelette]
      Author: Herman Melville
     Benito Cereno (1855) [Short Story]
      Author: Herman Melville
     Piazza Tales, the (1856) [Collection]
      Author: Herman Melville
     Billy Budd (1924) [Novella]
      Author: Herman Melville
This work contains excerpts from the following works :
     Moby-Dick (1851) [Novel]
      Author: Herman Melville

Edition #1: Billy Budd and Other Tales

Billy Budd and Other Tales (1961)
Edition Details:

Language: English

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Billy Budd and Other Tales (July 1, 1998)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN: 0451526872
Dimensions: 4.2 x 6.8 x 0.6 in
Pages: 352

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Billy Budd and Other Tales (1979)

Format: Paperback
Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN: 0451522370
Dimensions: 5 x 7 x 1 in
Pages: 334

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Billy Budd and Other Tales (October 1, 1961)

Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Signet Classics
ISBN: 0451524462
Dimensions: 4.1 x 6.8 x 0.7 in
Pages: 336

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