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Opening leaf of the story portion of the Billy Budd manuscript with pencil notations
Opening leaf of the story portion of the Billy Budd manuscript with pencil notations
The last known image of the author, taken in 1885.
The last known image of the author, taken in 1885.
Charles Nolte as Billy Budd in the 1951 Broadway production
Charles Nolte as Billy Budd in the 1951 Broadway production
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Melville depicted in an 1870 portrait by Joseph Oriel Eaton
Melville depicted in an 1870 portrait by Joseph Oriel Eaton
An 1810 portrait of Melville's father, Allan Melvill (1782–1832), by John Rubens Smith, now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
An 1810 portrait of Melville's father, Allan Melvill (1782–1832), by John Rubens Smith, now housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In Melville's novel Pierre (1852), he fictionalized this portrait as the portrait of Pierre's father.
A c. 1815 portrait of Melville's mother Maria Gansevoort Melville by Ezra Ames, now on display at the National Gallery of Art
A c. 1815 portrait of Melville's mother Maria Gansevoort Melville by Ezra Ames, now on display at the National Gallery of Art
Richard Tobias Greene, who jumped ship with Melville in the Marquesas Islands and is Toby in Typee, pictured in 1846
Richard Tobias Greene, who jumped ship with Melville in the Marquesas Islands and is Toby in Typee, pictured in 1846