Piazza Tales

Piazza Tales

Piazza Tales

Piazza Tales

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The text of this edition of The Piazza Tales is that of the first edition, which Melville prepared for the press of Dix and Edwards from copies of Putnam's Monthly Magazine. I have corrected some obvious typographical errors.

In the preparation of this edition I have enjoyed the friendly cooperation and assistance of many persons, to all of whom I wish to give my thanks. More particularly I want to acknowledge my indebtedness to the librarian and staff of the Willamette University Library; the librarian, reference librarians, and archivist of the Oregon State Library; the librarian and staff of the Houghton Library of Harvard University; Mrs. Eleanor Melville Metcalf; Mr. John H. Birss; Mr. Randall Stewart; Mr. Harrison Hayford; Mr. Jay Leyda; the Committee on Higher Degrees in the History of American Civilization of Harvard University; Mr. Merton M. Sealts, who offered valuable general criticism and specific suggestions during the preparation of the edition; Mr. Howard P. Vincent, the General Editor of this edition of Melville's Works, who gave counsel and added specific valuable materials. I acknowledge a particular debt to Helen Albee Oliver, my wife, for assistance, judgment, and criticism at each stage in the preparation of this work.

Salem, Oregon EGBERT S. OLIVER

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