LIFE DETAILS.  MELVILLE - DEPRESSIVE, OCCASIONALLY THREATENED WITH COMMITAL FOR INSANITY (ESPECIALLY AS CAREER WANED).SEVERAL SEA VOYAGES IN EARLY LIFE, RECYCLED LARGELY IN FIRST AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL 'NOVELS' - TYPHEE, OMOO, WHITE-JACKET. AN OVERNIGHT CELEBRITY.

BETWEEN MOBY DICK AND PIERRE MELVILLE'S REPUTATION/CAREER RUINED.  RATHER THAN ROLLICKING SEA-YARNS, EXTENDED AND INCOMPREHENSIBLE METAPHYSICAL RUMINATIONS ON LIFE, THE UNIVERSE AND EVERYTHING.  FOR REST OF CAREER AFTER MOBY DICK MELVILLE WAS TREATED AS UNTOUCHABLE - PUBLISHER DROPPED HIM, NEVER GOT BACK INTO MAINSTREAM.  DIED IN OBSCURITY.

 WORKS REPUBLISHED AFTER HIS DEATH.  REPUTATION ONLY REVIVED AFTER DEATH, IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY, THROUGH CONCERTED EFFORT BY BIOGRAPHERS, WRITERS AND ACADEMICS.  NOW RECOGNISED AS A POWERFUL, HUMANE WRITER TRULY AHEAD OF HIS TIME, AND MOBY DICK RECOGNISED AS A MASTERPIECE OF WORLD LITERATURE. 

 

LIST OF OTHER NOVELS (NOT SO RECOGNISED?)

 Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life (1846)

http://www.archive.org/stream/typeepeep00melvrich#page/n7/mode/2up

 Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas (1847)

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/4045/4045-h/4045-h.htm

 

 Mardi: And a Voyage Thither (1849)

Vol. 1 - http://www.archive.org/stream/mardiandvoyageth_01melv#page/n7/mode/2up

Vol 2. - http://www.archive.org/stream/mardiandvoyageth02melv#page/n7/mode/2up 

 

Redburn: His First Voyage (1849)

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=7sh2-5vM7mYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Redburn:+His+First+Voyage+melville&source=bl&ots=UHdfCoYEUb&sig=4WcJmzdD5iEnk_vzhCnCBK26FKg&hl=en&ei=FFOoTckOyZrxA_eQ6acG&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

 White-Jacket; or, The World in a Man-of-War (1850)http://www.archive.org/stream/whitejacketburt00melvuoft#page/n7/mode/2up

 

 Pierre: or, The Ambiguities (1852)

http://books.google.com/books?id=JXK7HN62EcQC&pg=PAiii&lpg=PAiii&dq=pierre+ambiguities+text&source=bl&ots=0FeOgxcb7g&sig=vuzaPHPNDmqKAGcmcM5warueHJ4&hl=en&ei=_sCkTaywL8PvqwHU_bmGCw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEUQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q&f=false

 

 Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile (1855)

http://books.google.com/books?id=oK4BAAAAQAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=Israel+Potter:+HIs+fifty+years+of+Exile&ei=DR_CR7a2L4HciwHBmKTECA#v=onepage&q&f=false

 The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (1857)http://www.gutenberg.org/files/21816/21816-h/21816-h.htm

 

Billy Budd, Sailor (An Inside Narrative) (1924 - Published Posthumously)http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/bb/BillyBudd.html