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.

Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies

Leviathan appears three times a year in March, June, and October. We welcome articles, notes, reviews, and creative writing on, or inspired by, the life, works, and influence of novelist and poet Herman Melville (1819-1891). The journal is open to all scholarly, critical, and pedagogical approaches. Featured in each issue (beginning in 2006 with Volume 8) is Extracts, a department devoted to Melville Society news, programs, Cultural Project activities, and other Melville-related information.

First appearing in 1999, Leviathan was created by John Bryant, who served as Editor until 2014 and continues to serve on the Advisory Board. The journal currently is edited by Samuel Otter with the assistance of Associate Editor Brian Yothers, Book Review Editor Dawn Coleman, and Extracts Editor Mary K. Bercaw Edwards.

Leviathan is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press, with generous support from Hofstra University, and it appears online through Project Muse. Members of the Melville Society receive the journal in hard copy as part of their $30 annual dues, paid to the society through Johns Hopkins University Press. For more information about Leviathan and how to subscribe, visit our JHUP journal site at http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/leviathan/.

Submissions: Individuals may submit essays, notes, or creative writing for possible publication in Leviathan to the journal's electronic editorial site, http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/leviathan. New users will need to create an account. Along with critical interpretation, we welcome manuscript, textual, and bibliographical analysis; digital scholarship; interviews with current writers, artists, and performers; pedagogical studies; and suggestions for special issues. Correspondence may be directed to the editors at the addresses below.

Manuscripts: Articles (ranging from 6000 to 7000 words) and shorter pieces (2500 to 4000 words) should follow the MLA Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, with parenthetical citations linked to a final list of "Works Cited." Leviathan's particular style guidelines are available under the "Author Guidelines" tab at the JHUP Leviathan site: http://www.press.jhu.edu/journals/leviathan/.

Editorial Staff:

Samuel Otter, Editor Department of English 322 Wheeler Hall #1030 University of California Berkeley, CA 94720-1030 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brian Yothers, Associate Editor Department of English University of Texas at El Paso 500 W. University Avenue El Paso, TX 79968 E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dawn Coleman, Book Review Editor Department of English 415 McClung Tower University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 37996 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mary K. Bercaw Edwards, Extracts Editor P.O. Box 367 Mystic, CT 06355 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies
Special Issues
March 2006 Melville and Disability, guest editors David T. Mitchell and Samuel Otter

October 2006 Melville and Japan, guest editor A. Robert Lee

October 2007 Melville the Poet, guest editors Elizabeth Renker and Douglas Robillard

June 2008 Melville and Frederick Douglass, guest editors Robert K. Wallace and Ivy Wilson

October 2008 Melville's Reading and Marginalia, guest editor Steven Olsen-Smith

June 2009 Melville in the Marquesas, guest editor Henry Hughes

October 2009 Melville in the Popular Imagination, guest editor M. Thomas Inge
March 2011 Melville and His Critics, guest editor Christopher Castiglia
October 2013 Artists and Adaptation
October 2014 Melville and Americanness

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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.