Born in Manhattan in 1819, Herman Melville went to sea when he was twenty years old. His adventures around the globe inspired his classic novel Moby Dick, among many others. Returning from his adventures in 1847, he settled into a stable family life from in Massachusetts and then in New York. He died at age seventy-two, completely forgotten, but his work was rediscovered in the 1920s. His complex and ambitious work is now studied and translated throughout the world.
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