Melville's Use of "The Rebellion Record" in His Poetry

by Frank Day

Herman Melville

Melville's Use of "The Rebellion Record" in His Poetry, by Frank Day (Clemson, SC: Clemson University, 2002), x+70 pp.

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This systematic analysis of the making of Herman Melville's poetry, from Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866) and John Marr and Other Sailors (1888), examines the texts of Melville's poems and their corresponding sources. The result is an informative analysis of the influence of a significant Civil War document. Melville's Use of "The Rebellion Record" in His Poetry carefully examines this source.

Illustrated with contemporary figures from Harper's Weekly (to which Melville subscribed) and The Rebellion Record itself, this little book makes broadly interesting reading while extending to the public a harvest of scholarship, unpublished until now, that stands with other solid works on Melville written in the past half-century.