Tolerable Entertainment: Herman Melville and Professionalism in Antebellum New York

Tolerable entertainment: Herman Melville and professionalism in antebellum New York
John Evelev
University of Massachusetts Press

In Tolerable Entertainment, Herman Melville's life and literary work serve as windows on the tumultuous world of antebellum New York City. Charting Melville's writings from Typee (1846) to Pierre (1852) as responses to his experience of living in the city, this book reveals the dramatic shifts in American life occurring at the time.