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Finding Aid to the Jay Leyda Papers (1944-1956)

Click on a Box Number for Detailed Information about Its Contents

 

Table of Contents

Overview of Collection

Biography of Jay Leyda

Scope and Content

General Organization and Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

General Finding Aid

Detailed Container Lists

Overview of the Collection

Repository:  The Melville Society Archive, New Bedford Whaling Museum Library, New Bedford

                        Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, MA

Creator:         Jay Leyda (1910-1988)

Title:               Jay Leyda Collection

Dates:                        ca 1944-1956

Language:    English

Prepared by:            Initial sorting done by Michael P. Dyer; initial organization by Nathan Adams;Series I: Amy O’Neal; Series II: Peter Craig Edwards; edited by Mary K. Bercaw Edwards

Abstract:

The collection contains the papers of Jay Leyda ca 1944-1956, including correspondence, clippings, some manuscript materials, articles, research notes, and transcripts. Of particular interest are files in the first three boxes of Series I, which include correspondence relating to his work on Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, and Russian film. Series II, Box 6, contains articles, research, notes, and images directly related to Leyda’s work on The Melville Log.

Acquisition Information:

The Leyda collection was presented to The Melville Society Cultural Center by Walter E. Bezanson through a note dated April 5, 2006. Walter Bezanson was a Melville scholar (PhD from Yale) and good friend of Jay Leyda. The original copy of the note (seeBOX 1, Folder 8) is transcribed here: “Jay Leyda left this box of notes and letters with me years ago. He and his exotic wife, Si-Lan, stayed with us overnight several times. We had a large old home, and at the time Jay and Si-Lan seemed to have no “place”, other than the beat up car in which they arrived. Jay asked if he might leave this box with me. He never re-claimed it. I did not open it until recently, [and] have not gone through its contents. It seems appropriate for this miscellany from the time when Jay was working on The Melville Log to come to rest with the society. It’s merely a fragment from his incredibly productive and slightly mysterious life. He was a dear friend. – Walter”

Preferred Citation: Jay Leyda Papers, Melville Society Archive

Biography

Jay Leyda (1910-1988) was a film maker, film historian, photographer, translator, and scholar of Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, and the Russian composers Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Leyda’s first film “A Bronx Morning” (1931) led to his acceptance into the Moscow State Film School, where he studied directing with Sergei Eisenstein, most famous for his 1925 silent film “The Battleship Potemkin.” Leyda worked with Eisenstein during the making of “Bezhin Meadow” (1937), which was suppressed and believed destroyed. Leyda's work in Soviet film, especially with Eisenstein, ultimately led to the publication of The Film Sense (1942) and Film Form: Essays in Film Theory (1949), both translated and edited collections of Eisenstein’s essays; Kino: A History of the Russian and Soviet Film (1960); and Eisenstein at Work (1982), with Zina Voynow. Leyda served as Assistant Curator of the Film Department of the Museum of Modern Art (New York) from 1936 until his resignation in 1940, convinced that the administration saw him as too much of a “Trotskyite.” While working as a technical advisor in Hollywood, Leyda began his study of Melville documents, resulting in the publication of the Complete Stories of Melville (1949), the Portable Melville (1952), and most importantly The Melville Log: A Documentary Life of Herman Melville (1951). The Melville Log was initially compiled as a birthday gift for Eisenstein, a Melville enthusiast. In 1943, in the midst of World War II, he was briefly drafted into the Army. Leyda collaborated with Sergei Bertensson on The Musorgsky Reader: A Life of Modeste Petrovich Musorgsky in Letters and Documents (1947) and Sergei Rachmaninoff: A Lifetime in Music (1956). He spent 1955 peripatetically in Washington, DC, cataloging the Bingham Dickinson collection at the Folger Shakespeare Library. From the mid-1950s until the mid-1970s, Leyda and his Trinidadian-Chinese wife Si-lan Chen Leyda (1905-1996), whom he had married in 1934, traveled extensively; during this time, he wrote The Years and Hours of Emily Dickinson (1960) and Films Beget Films: A Study of the Compilation Film (1964). Leyda wrote the libretto for Walter Aschaffenburg’s opera Bartleby, a work consisting of a prologue and two acts based on Melville’s short story. The opera premiered at Oberlin College in 1964. Leyda taught briefly at Yale University and York University, Toronto, before becoming Gottesman Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University in 1974. Voices of Film Experience: 1894-to the Present (1977) was published eleven years before his death in 1988 at the age of 78. Si-Lan Chen Leyda’s autobiography, Footnote to History, was published in 1984.

Scope and Content

The Leyda papers include correspondence, notes, images, articles, offprints, and transcripts (1944-1956) related to Leyda’s work primarily on Herman Melville, Emily Dickinson, Russian and Soviet Film History and Sergei Mikhailovich Eisenstein (Soviet film director, 1898 – 1948), and limited references to Sergei Rachmaninoff (Russian composer, pianist, and conductor, 1873 – 1943). Specific works highlighted throughout the collection include, but are not limited to, The Melville Log (Harcourt Brace, 1951), The Portable Melville (The Viking Press, 1952), the libretto written for Walter Aschaffenburg’s opera, “Bartleby” (1964), The Years and Hours of Emily Dickinson (Yale University Press, 1960), Kino, A History of The Russian and Soviet Film (Macmillan, 1960), and The Musorgsky Reader (W.W. Norton, 1947) which he co-edited and translated with Sergei Bertenson. Also contains correspondence with Millicent Todd Bingham while she was editing Emily Dickinson's Home: Letters of Edward Dickinson and His Family (Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1955). Finally, the collection includes other professional and personal correspondence as well as other miscellaneous academic papers, letters, and articles by Leyda. Contains some memorabilia relating to friends, family, and Leyda’s Military Service.

General Organization and Arrangement

Series I: Correspondence: Boxes 1-4. All letters are from the correspondent except where noted. Information is added where possible to provide context.

Series II: Research, notes, news clippings, manuscripts, transcripts, and offprints: Boxes 5-8.

Series I

Box 1             Melville Correspondence: Leyda’s research and work on Herman Melville

(1944-1956), including arrangements and contract(s) for The Melville Log (1951) and The Portable Melville (1952). Contains correspondence that is addressed to or from prominent Melville scholars and/or family members. This box may also contain brief references to other works outside of Melville.

Box 2 Film & Russian Studies Correspondence: Leyda’s research and work on Soviet and Russian

Film History and the writing of Kino, A History of The Russian and Soviet Film (Macmillan, 1960). Also includes letters to and/or from friends and professionals in the film industry that may make mention of other projects not necessarily related to Russian film.

Box 3 Dickinson Correspondence: Leyda’s research and work on Emily Dickinson and The

Years and Hours of Emily Dickinson (Yale University Press, 1960). Contains letters to

and from other prominent Dickinson scholars such as Millicent Todd Bingham and

Thomas H. Johnson and his editorial assistant, Theodora Van Wagenen Ward from

Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Box 4 A House to Be Born In, Friends and Family Correspondence: refers to an original

poem by Leyda he intended to publish called A House to Be Born In. Family and friend correspondence may contain references to projects Leyda and/or the correspondents were working on at the time but are more personal than academically informative in nature with regards to Leyda’s specific works. Also includes holiday greeting cards. Friends include Daniel Curley (1919-1989) and Gladys Yang (1919-1999).

Series II

Box 5 Articles, research, notes, and images directly related to Herman Melville. Includes copies

of Melville’s works and letters.

Box 6 Articles, research, notes, and images directly related to Leyda’s work on The Melville Log.

            Includes copies of Melville’s works and letters and Melville Society Newsletters.

Box 7 Articles, research, notes, and transcripts directly related to Sergei Eisenstein, Emily

Dickinson, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. Also includes miscellaneous academic papers, lectures, and articles by Leyda.

Box 8Odd size items, including research and personal notes on 3x5 paper, oversize research

            notes on the Melville family, notes and library slips bundled in rubber bands, and an

            accordion folder filled with notes.

Box 9 Offprints.

Restrictions

Citation for all use must be made to the Jay Leyda Papers, Melville Society Archive.
Index Terms

Persons

Bertensson, Sergei (1885 – 1962)

Bingham, Millicent Todd (1880 - 1968)

Dickinson, Emily (1830-1886)

Eisenstein, Sergei Mikhailovich (1898 – 1948)

Johnson, Thomas H. (1902-1985)

Melville, Herman (1819-1891)

Musorgsky, Modest Petrovich (1839-1881)

Rachmaninoff, Sergei (1873 – 1943)

Corporate Bodies (and vessels)

Acushnet (vessel)

George Allen & Unwin

Berkshire Athenaeum, The

Greenhouse Press, The (San Francisco, CA)

Harcourt, Brace & Company, Inc.

New York State Library

Random House

Reynal & Hitchcock

Rupert Hart-Davis Limited

Somers (vessel)

Subjects

American Literature

Biographies

English

Manuscripts

Motion pictures

Russian and Soviet Film History

Places

Amherst, MA

Pittsfield, MA

Russia

Soviet Union

“Yaddo”, Saratoga Springs

Occupations

Author

Biographer

Composer

Film Director

Historian

Scholar
General Finding Aid

BOX 1: Melville Correspondence (60 Folders)

1: Folder 1                Agee, Mrs. James (Mia Fritsch)   1955                           (1 item)

1: Folder 2                Allen, Gay Wilson                           1955                           (2 items)

1: Folder 3                Aschaffenburg, Walter                  1954-1955                 (3 items)

1: Folder 4                Barbarow, George                         1952-1954                 (3 items)

1: Folder 5                Batchelder, Charles F., Jr.                       1951                           (1 item)

1: Folder 6                Bennett Book Studios                  1947                           (2 items)

1: Folder 7                The Berkshire Athenaeum                      1954                           (3 items)

1: Folder 8                Bezanson, Walter                           2006                           (1 item)

                                    (correspondence with The Melville Society)

1: Folder 9                Birss, John                                      1945                           (2 items)

1: Folder 10  Blitzstein, Marc                               1954                           (3 items)

1: Folder 11  CBS Radio (George Crothers)    1953                           (2 items)

1: Folder 12  Criscitiello, John J.                                    1955                           (2 items)

1: Folder 13  Davis, Merrell Rees                                    unknown                 (1 item)

1: Folder 14  Fields, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph 1950-1954                 (8 items)

(National Society of Autograph Collectors)

1: Folder 15  Gilman, William H.                          1953-1954                 (4 items)

1: Folder 16  Harcourt, Brace                              1950, 1955                (5 items)

                                    and Company, Inc.

1: Folder 17  Hayford, Harrison M.                     1951-1955                 (9 items)

1: Folder 18  Heflin, Wilson Lumpkin                unknown – 1955     (5 items)

1: Folder 19  Howard, Leon                                 1951-1952                 (2 items)

1: Folder 20  James, Cyril Lionel Robert                      1952-1953                 (3 items)

1: Folder 21  Kaplan, Sidney and Cora             1952-1955                 (11 items)

1: Folder 22  Kazin, Alfred                                                1952                           (6 items)

1: Folder 23  Kirschner, Leon                              unknown                  (3 items)

1: Folder 24  Kirstein, Lincoln Edward             1951                           (3 items)

1: Folder 25  Lankes, J.J.                                      1954                           (2 items)

1: Folder 26  Lawrence, Dan H.                           1951                           (2 items)

1: Folder 27  Life Magazine (Robin Hinsdale)             1954                           (3 items)

1: Folder 28  Melville Family Members              unknown, 1947, 1952 (5 items)

1: Folder 29  Morewood, Helen                           1951-1952                 (3 items)

1: Folder 30  Murray, Henry A.                             1947, 1952                (3 items)

1: Folder 31  New York State Library                1950-1954                 (3 items)

1: Folder 32  Pearson, Norman Holmes                       1954-1955                 (6 items)

1: Folder 33  Pierce, Cornelia Marium               1951                           (3 items)

1: Folder 34  Providence Public Library                       1954                          (2 items)

1: Folder 35  Random House, Inc.                                  1948-1952                 (3 items)

1:Folder 36               Reeves, John                                              1954                           (5 items)

1: Folder 37  Reynal & Hitchcock                                   1946-1948                 (21 items)

1: Folder 38  Roper, Laura Wood                                   1952-1953                 (2 items)

1: Folder 39  Rolfe, Edwin and Mary                  1951-1952                 (5 items)

1: Folder 40  Rupert Hart-Davis Limited                       1947                           (3 items)

1: Folder 41  Savannah Public Library                         1950-1951                 (2 items)

1: Folder 42  Sealts, Merton M., Jr                      1951-1952                 (5 items)

1: Folder 43  Small, Miriam R.                              1954                           (2 items)

1: Folder 44  Smith, Henry Nash                                     1954                           (2 items)

                                    and William M. Gibson

1: Folder 45  Society of the Colonial Wars       unknown                  (3 items)

1: Folder 46              Stauffacher, Jack Werner                        1951                           (3 items).

1: Folder 47  Stavig, Richard                               1953                           (4 items)

1: Folder 48  Sukel, Samuel                                 1954                           (3 items)

1: Folder 49  Williams, Gordon R.                                   1955                          (2 items)

1: Folder 50 Viking Press, The                           1950-1952                 (2 items)

1: Folder 51  Vincent, Howard Paton                1953                           (1 item)

1: Folder 52  Williams, Mentor L.                         1951                           (1 item)

1: Folder 53  Wilson, Carroll Atwood                 1947                           (1 item)

Chronological Correspondence

1: Folder 54  Incoming                                          unknown                 (10 items)

1: Folder 55  Incoming                                          1946-1947                 (3 items)

1: Folder 56  Incoming                                          1948-1949                 (2 items)

1: Folder 57 Incoming                                          1950-1951                 (7 items)

1: Folder 58  Incoming                                          1953                           (2 items)

1: Folder 59  Incoming                                          1954-1955                 (8 items)

1: Folder 60  Outgoing drafts by Leyda                        unknown                  (7 items, 9 letters)

Box 2: Film & Russian Studies Correspondence (19 Folders)

2: Folder 1                The American Scholar                  1946                           (1 item)

2: Folder 2                Bertensson, Sergei Lvovich                   1954-1955                 (3 items)

2: Folder 3                British Film Academy                    1949-1950                 (5 items)

2: Folder 4                Citizens Film Ltd                             1947                           (3 items)

& Preslit Literary Agency

2: Folder 5                Elton, Arthur                                                unknown                  (2 items)

2: Folder 6                George Allen & Unwin Ltd.          1949                           (3 items)

2: Folder 7                Harcourt, Brace                              1945                           (1 item)

                                    and Company, Inc.

2: Folder 8                Ivens, Joris, and Marion Michelle           1946                           (5 items)

2: Folder 9                Koch, Howard and Anne              1951 – unknown     (7 items)

2: Folder 10  Lerner, Irving                                   unknown                  (1 item)

2: Folder 11  Mahaska County                            1946                           (1 item)

                                    Community Theatre

2: Folder 12  Powers, R.M.                                               1955                           (1 item)

2: Folder 13  Rotha, Paul                                      1949                           (3 items)

2: Folder 14  Roucek, Joseph                             unknown                  (1 item)

2: Folder 15  Russian Research Center                       1953                           (1 item w/ enc)

2: Folder 16  Seton, Marie                                     1951-1952                 (10 items)

2: Folder 17  Souvaine Selective Pictures, Inc.          1952-1953                 (2 items)

2: Folder 18  Incoming, unknown correspondent 1946                               (1 item)

2: Folder 19  Outgoing draft                                 undated                    (1 item)

BOX 3: Dickinson Correspondence (37 Folders)

3: Folder 1                Amherst College                             1956                           (3 items)

3: Folder 2                Bingham, Millicent Todd              1954-1956                (28 items)

3: Folder 3                Bookstores/                                                 undated, 1954             (6 items)

                                    Booksellers & Collectors

3: Folder 4                Connecticut Valley                                    1954-1956                 (3 items)

                                    Historical Museum

3: Folder 5                DuPont, Marcella                            1955                           (2 items)

3: Folder 6                Haight, Gordon Sherman             1955                           (1 item)

3: Folder 7                Hampson, Mrs. Alfred Landis     1955                           (1 item)

                                    (Mary)

3: Folder 8                Harcourt, Brace                              1951                          (1 item)

                                    & Company, Inc.

3: Folder 9                Harper & Brothers                         1954                           (1 item

3: Folder 10 Harvard University, Library of    1954                           (1 item)

3: Folder 11  Haverford College Library                       1954                           (1 item)

3: Folder 12  Johns Hopkins University                       1956                           (1 item)

3: Folder 13  Johnson, Thomas H.                                1953-1955                 (8 items)

3: Folder 14  Library of Congress                                  1954-1955                 (2 letters, 4 items)

3: Folder 15  Milwaukee County                                     1954                           (3 items)

Historical Society

3: Folder 16  New England Quarterly                undated                    (1 item)

3: Folder 17  New Republic                                              1954-1955                 (4 items)

3: Folder 18  Papers of Thomas Jefferson      1955                           (1 item)

3: Folder 19  Pohl, Frederick and Josephine undated, 1955         (3 items)

3: Folder 20  Providence Public Library                       1953-1954                 (1 item)

3: Folder 21  Seven Gables Bookshop                         undated, 1954-1955            (3 items)

3: Folder 22  Todd, Minister G. Hall                    1954-1955                 (8 items)

3: Folder 23  Trustees of Forbes Library                     1956                           (1 item)

3: Folder 24  University of California                 1953                           (1 item)

3: Folder 25  Van Boven, Alice                            1954                           (1 item)

3: Folder 26  Wadsworth re: photographs       1954                           (2 items)

3: Folder 27  Walter, Dorothy C.                          1954                           (1 item)

3: Folder 28  Ward, Theodora Van Wagenen 1954-1956                 (17 items)

3: Folder 29  Williams, Stanley T.                                   1954                           (2 items)

3: Folder 30  Williams, Mrs. Arthur L                  1953                           (1 item)

                                    (Theresa Wright Williams)

3: Folder 31  Yale University Press                    1955-1956                 (4 items)

3: Folder 32  Zermer, Louise Gray                      1954                           (2 items)

Chronological Correspondence

3: Folder 33  Incoming                                          undated                    (3 items)

3: Folder 34  Incoming                                          1953                           (2 items)

3: Folder 35  Incoming                                          1954                           (4 items, 5 letters)

3: Folder 36  Incoming                                          1955                           (3 items)

3: Folder 37  Outgoing drafts                              undated                    (3 items, 5 letters)

BOX 4: Personal Correspondence (15 Folders)

4: Folder 1                “A House to Be Born In,” regarding     1955                           (2 items)

                                    (Leyda’s essay in biography)

4: Folder 2                “Carl,” University of Maryland    1955                           (2 items)

4: Folder 3                Curley, Daniel                                  1954-1955                 (9 items)

4: Folder 4                Hendrickson, James and June  1951, 1955                (3 items)

4: Folder 5                Hooker, Helene                               undated, 1951         (2 items)

4: Folder 6                Leyda Family Correspondence  undated, 1952         (5 items)

4: Folder 7                Miscellaneous Friends                 undated, 1951-1954            (8 items)

4: Folder 8                Smith, Robert J. (Jack)                 1951                           (2 items*)

                                    * Also contains 3 outgoing

drafts on back.

4: Folder 9                Stallman, Robert Wooster                        undated                    (2 items)                                            and son, William

4: Folder 10  Whitmore, Stanford                                   1954-1955                 (3 items)

4: Folder 11  Writer’s Guild of America                         1956                           (1 item)

4: Folder 12  Yang, Gladys                                               undated, 1954-1955            (4 items)

Other

4: Folder 13  Army Correspondence                 undated, 1944         (2 items)

4: Folder 14  Holiday Greetings                          1946-1955                 (11 items)

Cards & Announcements

4: Folder 15  Miscellaneous                                 1946-1954                 (5 items)

BOX 5: Herman Melville (13 Folders)

5: Folder 1                Melville Log Material                                              (11 subfolders; 54 items)       

5: Folder 2                Possible Melville Sources                                                (5 subfolders; 30 items)

5: Folder 3                Melville’s Lectures                                                 (3 subfolders; 3 items)

5: Folder 4                Reviews of Melville’s works                                            (2 subfolders; 11 items)

5: Folder 5                Melville Family History and Correspondence            (6 subfolders; 38 items)

5: Folder 6                Copies of Melville Texts                                       (4 subfolders; 4 items)

5: Folder 7                Melville Family: General                                        (21 subfolders; 31 items)

5: Folder 8                Melville Biography                                                 (11 subfolders; 17 items)

5: Folder 9                Melville’s Books and Papers                               (5 items)

5: Folder 10  Melville’s Literary Work                                        (12 subfolders; 29 items)

5: Folder 11  Leyda’s Research                                                  (14 subfolders; 20 items)

                       

5: Folder 12  Books: Reviews, Sales                                         (5 subfolders; 7 items)

5: Folder 13  Melville Log Material not found in “Melville Log” folder      (1 item)

BOX 6: The Melville Log (9 folders)

6: Folder 1                Original file folder labeled “For the Log”

6: Folder 2                Organization of The Melville Log                                   (7 subfolders; 14 items)

6: Folder 3                Printing Process                                                    (10 subfolders; 15 items)

6: Folder 4                Melville in the South Pacific                                            (6 subfolders; 8 items)

6: Folder 5                Plates for The Melville Log                                              (4 items)

6: Folder 6                Articles on Melville                                                 (15 items)

6: Folder 7                Melville Society Newsletters                                           (21 items)

6: Folder 8                Copies of Herman Melville Correspondence  (16 subfolders; 31 items)

6: Folder 9                Various unrelated items found in The Melville Log folder (6 items)

BOX 7: Emily Dickinson, Russian Composers, including Sergei Rachmaninoff,

Sergei Eisenstein, Jay Leyda (4 folders)

7: Folder 1                Emily Dickinson                                                     (7 subfolders; 10 items)

7: Folder 2                Russian Film and Music                                       (3 subfolders; 23 items)

7: Folder 3                Personal and Business Papers                         (4 subfolders; 19 items)

7: Folder 4                Miscellaneous                                                         (8 subfolders; 151 items)
BOX 8: Odd size items: mostly research notes (4 folders)

8: Folder 1                Research and personal notes on 3x5 paper

8: Folder 2                Oversize Research notes on Melville Family

8: Folder 3                Notes and Library slips bundled in rubber bands

8: Folder 4                3x5 Accordion folder filled with notes

BOX 9: Offprints (22 folders)

9: Folder 1

[American Historical Association], Publishing the Papers of Great Men            1954   (1 item)

9: Folder 2

[Amherst Chamber of Commerce], Amherst, Massachusetts                                            (1 item)

9: Folder 3

Antiquarian Bookman                                                                                           1952   (2 items)

9: Folder 4

Bond, “Melville and Two Years Before the Mast”                                         1953   (1 item)

9: Folder 5

Boyce, “Modern Literary Manuscripts in the Morgan Library”                              1952   (1 item)

9: Folder 6

Butterfield, “George Lippard and his Secret Brotherhood”                                   1955   (1 item)

9: Folder 7

Cahoon, Herman Melville: A Checklist of Books and Manuscripts                      1951   (1 item)

9: Folder 8

[Corporation of Yaddo], Yaddo                                                                          1951   (1 item)

9: Folder 9

Dickinson Genealogy: on Mother’s Side                                                                                 (1 item)

9: Folder 10

Hillway, “Billy Budd: Melville’s Human Sacrifice”                                         1952   (1 item)

9: Folder 11

Johnson, “Emily Dickinson: Creating the Poems”                                       1953   (1 item)

9: Folder 12

Johnson, “Establishing a Text: The Emily Dickinson Papers”                 1952-1953     (1 item)

9: Folder 13

Leyda, “Another Friendly Critic for Melville”                                                  1954   (9 items)

9: Folder 14

Leyda, “The Engine Melville”                                                                             1953   (1 item)

9: Folder 15

Paltsits, Family Correspondence of Herman Melville, 1830-1904             1909   (1 item)

9: Folder 16

Todd, Witchcraft in New England                                                                                  1906   (1 item)

9: Folder 17

Wadsworth, Politics in Religion                                                                         1854   (1 item)

9: Folder 18

Wadsworth, Development and Discipline                                                                   1857   (1 item)

9: Folder 19

Wadsworth, A Mother’s Sorrow                                                                         1864   (1 item)

9: Folder 20

Wadsworth, Self-Knowledge                                                                              1860   (1 item)

9: Folder 21

Wadsworth, God’s Culture. A Thanksgiving Sermon                                              1860   (1 item)

9: Folder 22

Ward, “Emily Dickinson and T. W. Higginson”                                                          1953   (1 item)

 

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Greg Lennes Melvillean Philosophy (Humor): "There are unknown worlds of knowledge in brutes; and whenever you mark a horse, or a dog, with a peculiarly mild, calm, deep-seated eye, be sure he is an Aristotle or a Kant, tranquilly speculating upon the mysteries in man. No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses." Redburn. His First Voyage - Chapter XL. :) 2018-02-16T21:00:37+0000
Robert Sandberg MLA Conference - 2019 - Chicago: The Melville Society's "Call for Papers" is now available on the Melville Society website
The Melville Society - Call for Papers: MLA 2019 - Reading The Confidence-Man Today & Melville’s Quarrel with Modernity melvillesociety.org A society dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville
2018-02-17T16:49:58+0000
Greg Lennes "Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour "(March 16th) - Frank Stella Artwork - discussion led by Robert K. Wallace at Pizzuti Collection in Columbus, Ohio:
Moby Dick Deckle Edges Spotlight Tour pizzuticollection.org Join us on March 16 for a spotlight tour with Professor Robert K. Wallace. Robert will discuss the Moby Dick Deckle Edges prints in the context of other works by Stella on view in the Lines/Edges: Frank Stella On Paper exhibition.
2018-02-17T15:43:39+0000
Eileen Valentino Flaxman When I joined The Melville Society FB page last August, you were just breaking a thousand followers. And now you're about to break 2,000. Congratulations! Here is my latest contribution from my project to write a poem for every chapter in Moby-Dick. (Lines from the text are in quotations.) Chapter 59 - Squid. -- Plenty of action and violence takes place in this novel. But there are also days of calm . . . floating on a glassy sea without swells or even the promise of a leviathan and with no chatter from a listless crew . . . A 'profound hush' surrounds the Pequod as it drifts in the middle of nowhere, with 'a stillness almost preternatural spread over the sea'. At such a time, what goes on inside a sailor's mind? Thoughts of home? Other ways to earn a living? Ennui? As a man looks out over endless nothingness, do thoughts churn busily inside his skull . . . or is Ismael an Anomaly?
2018-02-16T18:27:58+0000
Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the second CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: MELVILLE'S QUARREL WITH MODERNITY In anticipation of an energized year in Melville studies (when on the 200th anniversary of his birth we consider Melville’s significance in the present moment) contributors to this panel will reflect on a vital but largely unexplored feature of Melville’s thinking: his quarrel with modernity. Melville is not recognized for the clarity of his philosophical arguments. At best, his philosophizing is dismissed as ingenious but muddled. But perhaps Melville’s philosophical arguments have been hard to grasp because they have been miscategorized; they have been taken to embody the ethos of the distinctively modern world (that is, after the defining work of Descartes and Locke) when in fact what they offer is nothing less than a wide-ranging rejection of modernity’s dominant assumptions. On this panel, accordingly, we will use Melville’s writing to turn a harsh light on some of the beliefs that characterize modern Western thought. Melville’s writing has meant many things to many people, but as yet it has not been seen as a way to unite or bring into conversation the growing number of theorists resisting the modernity narrative—theorists making an effort to knock down the edifice of dualism, think carefully about where the nature-culture binary has come from (and what we might imagine in its place), cast doubt on the view that the body is inessential to mind, and in other ways question the account of the world offered by the moderns. Please send 300-500 words and a vita to K.L. Evans at mail@klevans.org by March 19.
2018-02-16T18:25:30+0000
Meredith Farmer We're happy to announce the first CFP for our MLA panels at MLA 2019! CFP: READING THE CONFIDENCE-MAN TODAY What types of interpretations come up when someone reads the The Confidence-Man in light of recent events? Presenters should offer short, reflective pieces (8 minutes) that provoke discussion. Although a lack of faith (or confidence) in political institutions is a major part of news reports today, presenters may focus on any of the topics brought up in Melville’s book, including stocks and finance, religious organizations, charity, racial identity, belief, and other considerations. Other approaches could include reflections on reading historically or the dynamics of re-reading today. Please send 250-word abstracts and brief bios to Rodrigo Lazo at rlazo@uci.edu by March 13.
2018-02-16T16:16:40+0000
Chad Beck Moby-Dick is discussed at 39:00. Also relevant (and leading directly into M-D) is a discussion about Job (31:23).
Russell Brand & Jordan Peterson - Kindness VS Power | Under The Skin #46 youtube.com Recently making the headlines after a combative interview about the gender pay gap with Channel 4’s Cathy Newman, my guest today is Jordan Peterson, who disc...
2018-02-16T01:00:29+0000
Greg Lennes Melvillean Humor for Valentine's Day - Melville's First Draft of Moby-Dick: Comic strip by Mikey Heller (2014) :) 2018-02-14T17:59:34+0000
Greg Lennes Moby-Dick stars on Antiques Roadshow on PBS TV (2/12/18) video - Appraisal of Moby-Dick edition illustrated by Rockwell Kent and published by Lakeside Press 1930.
Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set | Antiques Roadshow | PBS pbs.org Appraisal: 1930 Rockwell Kent-Illustrated "Moby Dick" Set in New Orleans, LA.
2018-02-13T14:27:18+0000
Greg Lennes The final volume of the Northwestern-Newberry THE WRITINGS OF HERMAN MELVILLE--LAST OF 15 VOLUMES in hardback - a major literary accomplishment. 2018-02-14T14:20:22+0000
Greg Lennes REMINDER: March 1st deadline for registration for the two-week program called “Teaching Melville” that will take place this summer in New Bedford. The Whaling Museum will host the event which will take place from June 17th through the 30th. Go to website for details.
Teaching Melville teachingmelville.org An Institute for School Teachers on Herman Melville’s "Moby-Dick" and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age
2018-02-14T17:31:38+0000
Karen Lentz Madison Melvilleans!
2018-02-14T13:26:46+0000
Robert Sandberg A Call for Book Proposals: From Richard King of the University Press of New England http://www.upne.com/series/SEA.html The University Press of New England and the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program seek book proposals for our “Seafaring America” series. We are looking for works in three categories: 1. Suggestions for timely reissues of forgotten, out-of-print American works of literary and cultural distinction, with new introductions that frame the work for a modern audience. 2. Proposals for anthologies and/or selected editions of writers’ work. 3. Proposals for books of original scholarship or of general interest, according to the series mission below. We have particular interest in underrepresented voices and “blue” environmental studies. _______________________ “Seafaring America” is a series of original and classic works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, populations, and geographical settings, the series strives to introduce, revive, and aggregate a wide range of exemplary and/or seminal stories about our American maritime heritage. This includes the accounts of First Peoples, explorers, voluntary and forced immigrants, women in maritime communities, fishermen, whalers, captains, common sailors, members of the navy and coast guard, marine biologists and oceanographers, and the crews of vessels ranging from lifeboats, riverboats, and tugboats to recreational yachts. “Seafaring America” introduces new stories of maritime interest and reprints books that have fallen out of circulation and deserve reappraisal. The series also publishes selections from well-known works that warrant reconsideration because of the lessons they offer about our relationship with our watery planet.
UPNE | Seafaring America upne.com Series Editor: Richard J. King, Williams College-Mystic SeaportSeafaring America is a series of original and classic works of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama exploring the history of America’s engagement with our oceans and coastlines. Spanning diverse eras, perspectives, and geographical s...
2018-02-14T01:00:15+0000
Greg Lennes To the wealthy Melvillean: Auction for a first edition of Moby-Dick ending March 7th. 2018-02-13T19:36:41+0000
Fernando Colavita One of the many argentine editions of "Bartleby, the scrivener". This one, translated by the great Jorge Luis Borges. 2018-02-13T15:13:05+0000
Greg Lennes From Opera Wire: Pittsburgh Opera Receives NEA Grant For ‘Moby Dick’
Pittsburgh Opera Receives NEA Grant For ‘Moby Dick’ operawire.com Pittsburgh Opera Receives NEA Grant For ‘Moby Dick’ TOPICS:moby dickpittsburgh opera Posted By: Francisco Salazar February 13, 2018 The Pittsburgh Opera has announced that it will receive a $25,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to help support the new production ...
2018-02-13T20:42:56+0000
Greg Lennes Melvillean Mardi-Gras: From New Orleans Commercial Bulletin (May 3,1849) - A. Oakley Hall (a New York Correspondent) aka Croton punning to suit New Orleans readers, called Melville's Mardi: and a Voyage Thither "a regular MARDI-GRAS of a novel, to judge from the richness of its prose. Prose! It is a poem; and you can pencil out of its pages blank verse enough to set up an hundred newspaper poets, for the balls of bowling critics to roll at." :) 2018-02-13T18:52:29+0000
Judy Gretchko At the International Antiquarian Book Fair in Pasadena, Ca., William Reese was selling the 3-volume London first edition of Mardi for $7,500. Another vendor was reading the first American 2-volume set and won't sell it until he is finished. He was half way through it and didn't know if he liked it or not. I asked him if he wasn't afraid if spilling coffee on it. No. John Gretchko
2018-02-13T19:23:28+0000
Lenny Hall Another Lickable Melville Tidbit ~ Hope this remains Stamped in your Melvillian Mind ~ 2018-02-13T16:49:07+0000

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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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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.