Melville

Melville

Melville

Melville

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Since this book is addressed to the general reader, I have dispensed with scholarly impedimenta: my footnote references are intended only as a courtesy to those whose opinions I quote. Melville scholars, if they look into it, will recognize how much the book is indebted to their labors and, more learned in their subject than I can ever hope to be, will instantly have in mind chapter and verse, from Melville's text or their own, supporting or refuting anything I have said. The general reader will have to accept my statements on faith. I think it more polite to ask this of him than to cite a vast number of books and periodicals in the presumption that he will have the time, strength, cash, and patience to search them out.

For personal kindnesses that made the writing of the book much easier, I owe a great deal to Dr. and Mrs. Frederick W. Pratt of New York and to Fr. Thomas Stack of Bloomfield, Conn. My thanks are also owing to various members of my family, whose anonymity here is a symbol of their selfless generosity.

GEOFFREY STONE

March 4, 1949 Fiesole . . .

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