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

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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

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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.

Melville and Rome

Empire – Democracy – Belief – Art

The Eighth International
Melville Conference

Rome: 22-26 June 2011


Join us in Rome for our eighth international conference on June 22-26, 2011. Sponsored by the Melville Society and the University of Rome, the conference will be held at the famed University and the renowned Center for American Studies, both in the heart of the Eternal City. Over one hundred scholars from the United States, Italy, and twenty other nations—including colleagues from Algeria, Australia, Canada, China, England, Germany, India, Iraq, Israel, Korea, Kurdistan, Japan, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine—are slated to speak in what promises to be our most global conference to date. Scheduled programs will include presentations by artists, a walking tour of Melville’s Rome, and a June 27 day-trip to Naples guided by noted Neapolitan Melvillean, Gordon Poole. 


Leslie Marmon Silko, novelist
Dennis Berthold, author of American Risorgimento
Gordon Poole, editor of Naples in the Time of Bomba

Directions to Conference Venues

The Centro Studi Americani, where the first day of the conference will take place, is located in Via Caetani no. 32, in the historic Palazzo Caetani. Via Caetani is right in the city center -- a stone's throw away from Piazza Venezia. Via Caetani is off Via delle Botteghe Oscure, a large street connceting Piazza Venezia to Largo Argentina. It can be easily reached from anywhere you are staying in the city. 

Conference fees: $150 or about 100 euros will cover our opening luncheon and admission to all presentations.  

Naples Day Trip completely booked: As of today, May 10, 2011, the June 27th day-trip to Naples is completely booked. The Naples day-trip itinerary is listed below.

For further information and updates: Please contact the conference coordinators: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Banquet: Those interested in attending the banquet can so indicate on the Registration Form and pay the 30 euros for the banquet in person when registering in Rome.

Accommodations: The conference will have two venues: The Center for American Studies near Piazza Venezia and the Capitol (for the first day only) and the University of Rome (Sapienza) not far from Stazione Termini, Rome’s main railway and bus station.  We have secured special  conference rates at various hotels within easy walking distance or a short bus ride to the main University venue, including:

Hotel Ateneum (****) http://www.ateneorome.com/index.html

Hotel Laurentia (***)   http://www.hotellaurentia.com/ 

We also recommend the Casa dell’Aviatore (http://www.casaviatore.it/index.php), at 70 to 80 euros per night, and a 20-minute walk to the University.  For lodging closer to our first day’s venue, we recommend Hotel Hosianum (****); this is a 30 to 40-minute bus ride to the University.  For cheaper or more upscale accommodations, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Register Now: Send your check made out to The Melville Society to our Treasurer Tony McGowan, Department of English and Philosophy, Bldg. 607 Cullum Road, West Point, NY 10996.  Please indicate “Rome” on your memo line.  For further registration information, contact Tony at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Naples Day Trip Itinerary – Monday, June 27th

• An early morning start with the bus trip to Naples during which Gordon Poole will make a brief presentation and distribute a booklet made especially for the trip. 

• First we will have a fifty-minute guided tour of the Catacombs of San Gennaro (Saint Januarius), then the city center (Maschio Angioino/Angevin Keep and via Toledo), where we leave the bus. 

• After taking the funicular railway to Vomero, the hill above Naples, we walk (500m) to the San Martino (Saint Martin) museum, after passing by the Sant'Elmo Castle. From the belvedere outside the Museum you get a view of the city that Melville especially appreciated, and from the lovely museum terraced ground, another view. 

• Then, after visiting the museum, we walk (500m) to our restaurant, where we have lunch, followed by a rather special two-part concert. Rejoining our bus, we ride to the Solfatara or Phlegraean Fields, after which we start back to Rome, passing by Lake Avernus.


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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.