Herman Melville was born August 1, 1819 near the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, which was located at sixth Pearl Street in New York City (Miller 1). He was the second son and third child of Allan and Maria Gansevoort. His original last name was spelled Melville, he added the “E” after the death of his father (Allen 11). Herman’s father was an importer of French goods. His mother was an attractive woman; she was the daughter of General Peter Gansevoort, who was a famous American Revolutionary. Herman was baptized in South Reformed Dutch Church, on August 19, 1819(Allen 14). A few months after that, the alarum fever sickness reappeared again, which in turn forced his mother to flee to Albany, while his father stood behind in NY with his business. However, when the fever sustained she returned to NY, and discovered that Mr. Melville’s business was damaged. Therefore he had to borrow money from his family including his brother in law. From time to time his mother would go to Albany and visit because her parents lived there. Throughout Herman’s childhood he traveled back and forth between states and would visit his uncle ships. Since he was young he would hear many of his father adventurous stories on his travels, and he himself wanted to trav...
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...e, he strived to make the best of it. As many writers hope for their books to be a success, it may not always work out that way. Herman Melville felt like failure, but the very book that brought his career down, is the very same novel that is famous till today which is, Moby Dick. Herman Melville work, is one of the most life experience and insightful piece of literature ever written.
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