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Thursday, September 22, 2005

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Is it bitterness or the clear sight of departure that makes me gag at the self-satisfied self-fascination in this sentence: "At long last, Melville is poised to emerge as a flesh-and-blood figure, and a New Yorker to boot, thanks to Andrew Delbanco's Melville: His World and Work, the finest biography ever written of this essential American."(from the NY Observer). "Melville burst onto the scene in 1846 with Typee, his sexy account of living with naked cannibals..." how very New York of him!