Timeline

Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
Y/M/D Description Association Composition Place Locale Food Event
1819/08/01 Maria Gansevoort Melvill, wife of Allan Melvill, gives birth to a son, Herman Melville, in New York City. Born
1833/07/00 Herman Melville stays with his uncle Thomas at his farm in Pittsfield. Life Pittsfield Country Club Pittsfield, MA
1838/11/07 Herman Melville moves to the family home in Lansingburgh, very pleasantly situated on the bank of the Hudson where the shipbuilding yard of Richard Hanford builds Hudson River sloops. Home Herman Melville House, Troy Troy
1838/11/12 In hope of securing a job on the Erie Canal, Herman Melville enrolls, for $5.25 a term, in an engineering surveying program at the Lansingburgh Academy. Education Lansingburgh Academy Troy
1839/05/18 "Fragments From a Writing Desk" by H Melville are published on the front pages of the May 4 and 18 May 18 1839, issues of The Democratic Press and Lansingburgh Advertiser. The original newspapers are in the Troy Public Library's collection. Author Troy Public Library Troy
1839/06/00 Herman Melville joins a Liverpool trader, returning to the United States the following October. He will write about his experiences on this voyage in his partly autobiographical novel Redburn, His First Voyage (1849). Work
1841/01/03 Melville takes to the sea on the whaler ACUSHNET out of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Melville signs up with captain Valentine Pease for a journey of four years. Work Moby Dick (book) New Bedford Massachusetts
1842/00/00 Melville ships-out aboard the whaler CHARLES AND HENRY, which takes a southern Pacific route like the one described in his third book, Mardi (1849). Work
1842/07/00 Herman Melville jumps ship at Nuku Hiva in the Marquesas Islands. Melville and Richard Greene make their way to the interior of the island where they are captured by Taipis tribe. Visitor Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life Nuku Hiva French Polynesia
1842/08/09 Melville works on the Australian whaler LUCY ANN until 20 September 1842. He will be briefly imprisonment at Tahiti for refusing to return to the ship. Work New Bedford Massachusetts
1843/00/00 "Doctor" Long Ghost and Melville visit the island of Eimeo. Melville will write about this trip in his second book "Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas". Life Moorea French Polynesia
1843/05/00 From May to August, Melville sojourns on the Sandwich Islands, staying at Lahaina, on Maui, and at Honolulu. Visitor Lahaina Hawaii
1843/08/17 Melville sails as an ordinary seaman on the frigate UNITED STATES. He use the coming series of adventures and those of other sailors, in "White-Jacket" (1850). Work
1844/10/14 After being discharged at Boston, Herman Melville returns to his mother's home. Home Herman Melville House, Troy Troy
1845/02/00 By wintertime, Herman Melville begins writing "Typee" at a large wooden desk his mother helped him drag out of the attic and set near an upstairs window overlooking the Hudson. Home Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life Herman Melville House, Troy Troy
1846/00/00 With the success of Typee, Herman Melville begins writing "Qmoo". He will later write parts of "Redburn" here. Author Herman Melville House, Troy Troy
1846/02/26 "Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life" by Herman Melville is published in London by John Murray. Many reviewers will be pleased with the novelty of Typee and its straightforward style. Author Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life
1847/03/00 Early in 1847 Melville begins "Mardi" as a sequel to Omoo. By the end of the year he had resolved to make it political and moral allegory expressing his ideas about contemporary western civilization and the nature of literature, religion and philosophy. Author
1847/08/04 Elizabeth Shaw, daughter of Chief Justice Lemuel Shaw of Massachusetts, marries Herman Melville. The young couple will settle in 4th Avenue (Park Ave) in New York City. Groom
1848/00/00 In New York City, Herman Melville joins up with the Duyckinck brothers, George and Evert, whose literary circle is the most interesting and influential in the city. Life
1849/12/00 Herman Melville visits the Hotel de Cluny, Paris. "just the house I should like to live in." HM Visitor Moby Dick (book) Hotel de Cluny and Palais des Thermes Paris
1850/07/00 In the summer, Melville leaves New York City to visit his uncle Thomas Melville at his farm. Guest Pittsfield Country Club Pittsfield, MA
1850/08/05 At the summit of Monument Mountain, Herman Melville jumps onto a sharp rock resembling a ship's bowsprit overlooking the valley below and reels in imaginary rigging. Guest Monument Mountain Great Barrington, MA Evert Duyckinck's Monument Picnic
1850/09/00 Herman Melville reads "Mosses From an Old Manse" by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Life Mosses from an Old Manse (short story collection)
1850/09/14 With the help of his father-in-law, Melville buys a late C18 farmhouse with some 145 acres of land near Pittsfield from Dr John Brewster. Meville will name it "Arrowhead" after finding several Indian relics. Home Herman Melville House, Pittsfield Pittsfield, MA
1851/06/00 By the end of the month, wearied with the long delay of printers and clearly under Hawthorne's influence, Herman Melville completes "Moby Dick". Author Moby Dick (book) Herman Melville House, Pittsfield Pittsfield, MA
1851/08/00 While Mrs Melville stays at home, Herman Melville and Sarah Morewood camp with friends on Mt Greylock enjoying Brandy Cherries, champagne, port wine and rum. Life Mount Greylock Summit Historic District Adams, MA Red Port
1851/11/00 In the dining room of the Little Red Inn in Lenox, Herman Melville presents an inscribed copy of his new novel, Moby-Dick, to his friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the man to whom the work was dedicated. Author Moby Dick (book) Little Red Inn, Stockbridge Stockbridge
1851/11/14 "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville is published in the United States by Harper and Brothers. The book will receive mixed reviews. Author Moby Dick (book)
1851/12/00 Melville begins his next book, Pierre (1852), in which he anticipates the use of depth psychology by 20th century novelists. There is evidence that Melville suffered a near breakdown after finishing Pierre. Author
1853/11/00 "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" by Herman Melville is published in Putnam's Magazine. Author Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street (Short Story)
1854/00/00 "The Lightning-Rod Man" by Herman Melville is published. Author The Lightning-Rod Man (Short Story)
1855/00/00 "Benito Cereno" by Herman Melville is published in Putnam's Monthly. Author Benito Cereno (Short Story)
1855/04/00 "The Tartarus of Maids" by Herman Melville is published together with "The Paradise of Bachelors" in Harper's Magazine. Author The Tartarus of Maids (Short Story)
1856/00/00 In poor health, Melville tours Europe and the Holy Land in 1856-57, stopping briefly on the voyage out to visit Hawthorne, the United States Consul in Liverpool. Guest Mrs Blodgets Boarding House, Liverpool Duke Street
1857/05/00 After his return to the United States in May, 1857, Melville lectures intermittently in the east and middle west. Work
1863/00/00 Herman Melville sells "Arrowhead" to his brother Allan Melville and moves to New York City. Herman will return to the Pittsfield house for occasional visits. Life Herman Melville House, Pittsfield Pittsfield, MA
1866/00/00 Herman Melville is appointed to a clerkship in the New York custom-house. Work National City Bank New York City
1885/12/31 Melville retires as a customs inspector for New York City with a reputation for honesty in a notoriously corrupt institution. Work National City Bank New York City
1886/00/00 Early in 1886, when Melville took up, or perhaps began, the work that became Billy Budd, he had in mind neither the plot of a novel nor any one of the characters as they later emerged in the course of his writing. - Hayford and Sealts, 1962 Author Billy Budd (book)
1887/00/00 During the first two years of retirement, Melville constructs a narrative about Billy Budd, 1886-1887. Author Billy Budd (book)
1891/09/21 Herman Melville dies of cardiac dilations at his residence (lost), 104 E 26th Street, NYC, of heart failure, aged 72. He will be buried next to his wife Elizabeth Shaw in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York City. Died
1962/00/00 "Billy Budd" edited by Harrison Hayford and Merton M Sealts Jr is published by the University of Chicago Press. After several years of studying the original manuscript, Hayford and Sealts assembled what is now considered the correct, authoritative text. Author Billy Budd (book) Houghton Library, Harvard Cambridge, MA

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Title Type Association Y/M/D Moniker
Title Type Association Y/M/D Moniker
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life Author Book 1846/02/26
Moby Dick (book) Author Makrystoria 1851/11/14
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