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Herman Melville


Nationality: American
Profession: Writer, Novelist and playwright
From: August 1, 1819 To September 28, 1891
Age: 72 Years

About Herman Melville



He was born on August 1, 1819 in New York City. His father name was Allan Melville and mother name was Maria Gansevoort Melville. His wife name was Elizabeth Shaw the couple had four children two sons Malcolm Melville and Stanwix Melville and two daughters Elizabeth Melville and Frances Melville. 

During the 1830s, he was enrolled at Albany Academy and Albany Classical School, where he studied classic literature and began writing poems, essays and short stories. In 1832 after the death of his father his studies are ended abruptly because his family had to face financial crises.
In 1837 he left Albany and start teaching at Massachusetts but he was not satisfied with this job and returned to New York. During same year Melville’s family has to face financial problems so they relocated to Lansing burgh where Herman enrolled at Lansing burgh Academy to study surveying where he was hopeful of gaining employment with the newly initiated Erie Canal project.
Then at suggestion of his brother he signed on as a cabin boy for a merchant ship called the St. Lawrence in 1839. Then in 1841 he went on his second sea voyage.
Herman Melville is regarded as one of America's greatest writers. In 1956 his masterpiece Moby-Dick adapted for the big screen this became the cause of his fame. He also wrote many quotes on different topics. Famous one is given below,
“A smile is the chosen vehicle of all ambiguities.”
He died on September 28, 1891 in New York City at the age of 72 years.

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