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

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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 Society Conference Travel Grants

We are happy to announce new travel grants for conference participants with limited funds!

We will award at least four travel grants to help defray travel costs, lodging, and other expenses for conference participants with limited travel funding available, in order to enable them to present their work at our twelfth international conference at in New York. Grant recipients will receive $300 stipends and have their conference registration fees waived.

These awards have been designed to support contingent faculty, graduate students with limited access to travel funding, scholars who are not otherwise able to afford international travel, or others for whom travel to the conference would present significant financial hardship. We will evaluate applications by considering both need and the quality of your paper proposal, with priority given to early-career scholars and people who would most benefit from participation in the Melville Society at this point in your professional lives. You are welcome to apply as soon as your conference proposal has been formally accepted.

To apply please send the following materials: (1) a statement of no longer than one page, which outlines both financial need and the reasons that attending our conference would be especially beneficial at this point in your career, (2) an abstract of your accepted conference paper, and (3) a vita with contact information. Please send your materials to the awards committee (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) as a single PDF document no later than February 15, 2018. The recipients of the grant will be announced in March 2018.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund to ensure its ongoing availability, please visit our Fundly page.

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