by Herman Melville

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Pierre; or, The Ambiguities is a novel, the seventh book, by American writer Herman Melville, first published in New York in 1852. The plot, which uses many conventions of Gothic fiction, develops the psychological, sexual, and family tensions between Pierre Glendenning; his widowed mother; Glendenning Stanley, his cousin; Lucy Tartan, his fiancee; and Isabel Banford, who is revealed to be his half-sister.

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ISBN-13: 9781582877631
Publisher: North Books
Publication date: 01/28/2004
Series: Large Print Ser.
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 600

About the Author

Date of Birth:

August 1, 1819

Date of Death:

September 28, 1891

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Attended the Albany Academy in Albany, New York, until age 15

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Sanford E. Marovitz

Pierre is a crucial volume in the Melville canon that continues to open new vistas toward an understanding not only of the author himself, but also of his family, his associates, and more broadly, the cosmopolitan culture of New York at mid—century.
—(Sanford E. Marovitz, The Melville Society)

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Pierre: The Ambiguities 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
markbstephenson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For my money this is every bit as good as Moby Dick, especially once the protagonists arrive in New York City. There's action, some very clever humour, HM's trademark oracular and rhapsodic outbursts, and a touching tragic ending. It is true that Melville's female characters aren't as thoroughly portrayed as , say, Samuel Richardson's or Henry James' but I still cared about Mary Glendinning, Lucy Tartan, and Isabel the mystical guitarist and femme fatale. And with so much candid sharing of HM's own creative aims and processes! This reminded me of Gissing's New Grub Street - minus the politics of publishing and enmities of editors.