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The Private Melville
University Park, Pennsylvania State University Press, (1993). A biography of Melville, this copy from the library of Pauline Kael and inscribed to her (not by the author, who died prior to publication): "For Pauline: A book by a Melvillian to a Melvillian about Melville. I hope you enjoy." Kael once wrote (in regard to the film adaptation of Billy Budd), that Melville is "our greatest writer because he is the American primitive struggling to say more than he knows how to say, struggling to say more than he knows.” Fine in a fine dust jacket, with a review of a 1997 Melville biography laid in, which has one passage marked, presumably by Kael. [#035302] $125

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