The final volume of the fifteen-volume Writings of Herman Melville series is scheduled for publication this October by the Northwestern University Press. The publication of this volume completes the publishing project begun in the mid-1960s by the late Harrison Hayford. Scores of editors have been involved in the publication of the fifteen-volume series. This final volume (vol. 13) includes reading texts and new or corrected literal transcriptions of all the uncompleted prose and verse writings Melville left in manuscript when he passed away on September 28, 1891. Work on this final volume has been ongoing for more than 35 years - celebrations are in order.
From the Nortwestern University Press catalog:
These unfinished writings include, besides Billy Budd, two projected volumes containing poems and prose pieces, Weeds and Wildings and Parthenope; three prose pieces, “Rammon,” “Story of Daniel Orme,” and “Under the Rose”; and some three dozen poems of varying lengths. Some of these pieces were surely composed late in Melville’s career, during his retirement, but others may date to as early as the 1850s. Except for Billy Budd, many of these works have not been readily available in reliable texts, when available at all.
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