The Melville Society is dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville, writer of Typee, Moby-Dick, and Billy Budd, such short stories as “Bartleby” and “Benito Cereno,” and several volumes of poetry, including Battle-Pieces and the epic Clarel
We publish the award-winning journal Leviathan which all members receive three times a year and which offers scholarly articles, book and art reviews, Society news, and Melville-related events. Membership is open to all. For information about Leviathan and joining The Melville Society click here.

The Eaton Portrait

Herman Melville JOEaton 95ppi 250wBy permission of Houghton Library, Harvard University: 61Z-4

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Melville Electronic Library

mel-thumb-crpd-3The Melville Electronic Library is an online resource for Melville texts. Housed on a Hofstra University server, MEL is being developed and maintained by a group of Melville scholars and digital specialists.

Johns Hopkins University Press

jhup-logoTo join the Melvillle Society and subscribe to Leviathan, visit Leviathan's Johns Hopkins University Press journal site by clicking here.

Melville Society Cultural Project

Melville Society and New Bedford Whaling Museum Cultural Project The New Bedford Whaling Museum in collaboration with The Melville Society is the established home of the Melville Society Cultural Project and Melville Society Archive. The Melville Society Archive is housed at the New Bedford Whaling Museum's Research Library, where significant works from this collection are also on display. The Melville Society Cultural Project also sponsors a book donation program and presents exciting annual events including the Moby-Dick Marathon and a Birthday Lecture.

Herman Melville's Arrowhead

BHS FB HM portraitHerman Melville's Arrowhead Facebook Group page of the Berkshire Historical Society. Celebrating historical Berkshire County and Herman Melville's Arrowhead, the farm and home where Melville lived while writing Moby-Dick.

American Literature Association
Annual Conference
May 24-27, 2018, San Francisco, CA

ALA San Fran May 2018

Announcing the three Melville Society events at this year's ALA: our two standing panels and our first collaborative panel with the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment.

Click here for more the entire program schedule. Or visit the ALA Website.

Bartleby Now
Session 15-D: Saturday, May 26, 8:10 – 9:30 am
Chair: Meredith Farmer, Wake Forest University

1. “Is non-preference a preference?” Wendy Anne Lee, New York University
2. “Bartleby is nothing,” Nancy Ruttenburg, Stanford University
3. “‘The Brain in Your Gut’: An Update on Bartleby and Digestion,” Ralph Savarese, Grinnell College
4. "Thanatopolitics and the Managerial Regime," Jeffrey Hole, University of the Pacific

Melville and the Emergence of Trumpism
Session 19-D, Saturday, May 26, 2:10– 3:30 pm
Chair: James Noel, Los Medanos College

1. “Trumpism and the Know-Nothing Party” Madison Furrh, Colorado State University- Pueblo
2. “The Pilgrimage and Pepe: What Clarel Can Tell Us about the Alt-Right,” Caitlin Smith Oyekole
3. “Melville, Trump, and the Politics of Aggrievement,” David Blake, The College of New Jersey
4. “Crippled America: Trump, Ahab, and the Materialist Turn,” Nathan Wolff, Tufts University

Melville in the Anthropocene
(organized with the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment)
Session 4-A, Thursday, May 24, 1:30 – 2:50 pm
Chair: Meredith Farmer, Wake Forest University

1. “Ethics, Islands, and the Anthropocene: Bartleby and the Politics of Measurement,” Helena Feder, East Carolina University (ECU)
2. “Concentrating ‘the snugness:’ Body, Relation and Being in a Melvillean Anthropocene,” Ryan Heryford; California State University, East Bay
3. “‘Has the crater but shifted?’: Geology and Racial Violence in Melville’s Battle Pieces,” Carie Schneider, University of Arizona
Respondent: Meredith Farmer, Wake Forest University

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Fellowships and Scholarships

Melville Society Archive
Walter E. Bezanson Fellowship
The Melville Society, under the auspices of the Melville Society Cultural Project in New Bedford, offers an annual fellowship to help a scholar undertake research on Herman Melville at the Society’s Archive in the Research Library of the Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts.


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New York Public Library
Short-term Research Fellowships


Graduate students or other affiliated academics whose work would benefit from visiting the Manuscripts and Archives Division to view collections such as the Gansevoort-Lansing collection, and Duyckinck family papers are encouraged to apply.


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From Our Photo Collections

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Woodlawn Cemetary

WoodlawnWoodlawn Cemetary - final resting place of Herman, his wife, Elizabeth, and other family members. Click here to view photos of the gravesites.

125th Anniversary Celebration

125th Woodlawn

A celebration of Melville's life at Woodlawn Cemetary on the 125th anniversary of his passing.

Lansingburgh Historical Society

Melville House

Melville lived for nine years in this Lansingburgh house. It was here that he wrote Typee and Omoo

Berkshire Historical Society

ArrowheadMelville's Arrowhead home and farm in Pittsfield, MA where he wrote Moby-Dick and lived for most of the 1850s.