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Benito Cereno / Edition 1

Benito Cereno / Edition 1

by Herman Melville, Wyn Kelley
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ISBN-13: 9780312452421
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 12/19/2006
Series: Bedford College Editions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 410,801
Product dimensions: 5.55(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Brian Yothers is Frances Spatz Leighton Endowed Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Date of Birth:

August 1, 1819

Date of Death:

September 28, 1891

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Attended the Albany Academy in Albany, New York, until age 15

Table of Contents

Herman Melville: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text

“Benito Cereno”

Appendix A: Representations of Slave Revolt and the Slave Trade
  • 1. From Amasa Delano, Narrative of Voyages and Travels in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres (1817)
  • 2. From Frederick Douglass, “The Heroic Slave” (1853)
  • 3. From John Quincy Adams, Argument of John Quincy Adams Before the Supreme Court of the United States, in the Case of United States, Appellants, Cinque, and Others, Africans (1841)
  • 4. From Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom (1855)
  • 5. From Harriet Beecher Stowe, Dred, A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp (1856)
  • 6. From The Confessions of Nat Turner (1832)
  • 7. Am I Not a Man and a Brother? (1787)
  • 8. Stowage of the British Slave Ship Brookes under the Regulated Slave Trade Act of 1788
  • 9. The Slave Deck of the Bark “Wildfire” Brought into Key West on 30 April 1860
  • 10. The Abolition of the Slave Trade (1792)
  • 11. Cinque, the Chief of the Amistad Captives (1840)
Appendix B: Herman Melville on Race, Slavery, Colonialism, and Violence
  • 1. From Herman Melville, Typee (1846)
  • 2. From Herman Melville, “Mr. Parkman’s Tour,” New York Literary World (31 March 1849)
  • 3. From Herman Melville, “A Bosom Friend,” in Moby-Dick, or, The Whale (1851)
  • 4. From Herman Melville, “Midnight, Forecastle,” in Moby-Dick, or, The Whale (1851)
  • 5. Herman Melville, “Formerly a Slave,” in Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866)
  • 6. Herman Melville, “The Swamp Angel,” in Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866)
  • 7. From Herman Melville, Supplement to Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866)
  • 8. From Herman Melville, Clarel, A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land (1876)
Appendix C: The Haitian Revolution and the Black Legend
  • 1. John Greenleaf Whittier, “Toussaint L’Ouverture” (1833)
  • 2. William Wordsworth, “To Toussaint L’Ouverture” (1802)
  • 3. From Frank J. Webb, The Garies and Their Friends (1857)
  • 4. Toussaint Louverture
  • 5. From Daniel Defoe, The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1719)
  • 6. From James Montgomery, The West Indies (1810)
Appendix D: Anti-Slavery Rhetoric and Poetry
  • 1. From Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” (5 July 1852)
  • 2. Frederick Douglass, “A Parody,” in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (1845)
  • 3. Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point” (1849)
  • 4. James Russell Lowell, “The Present Crisis” (1844)
  • 5. James M. Whitfield, “To Cinque” (1853)
  • 6. James M. Whitfield, “Lines on the Death of John Quincy Adams” (1853)
  • 7. James M. Whitfield, “America” (1853)
  • 8. Frances E.W. Harper, “The Slave Mother. A Tale of the Ohio” (1857)
  • 9. Harriet Beecher Stowe, “Caste and Christ” (1853)
  • 10. From Lydia Maria Child, An Appeal in Favor of that Class of Americans Called Africans (1833)
  • 11. Lydia Maria Child, “The Influence of Slavery with Regard to Moral Purity” (1838)
  • 12. Lydia Huntley Sigourney, “To the First Slave Ship” (1827)
Appendix E: Melville and the Theory of Short Fiction
  • 1. From Herman Melville, “Hawthorne and his Mosses,” Literary World (1850)
  • 2. From Edgar Allan Poe, Review of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Twice-Told Tales, Graham’s Magazine (1842)
  • 3. Review of The Piazza Tales, United States Democratic Review (September 1856)
  • 4. Nathaniel Hawthorne, Preface to The House of the Seven Gables (1852)

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