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FORGOTTEN BY THE WOULD. Tit ObHun Old Aga of a One Famous Writer. Forty years tjo the critics of America and England united ia declaring that Herman Mr-lville Mr-lville Mr-lville was the greatest descriptive descriptive and fiction writer of the time. As a youth ha had roved far and een nineh. In 1837, when bnt eighteen eighteen years of age, ho voyaged from his native New York to Liverpool Liverpool and back as a sailor before the mast, and enjoyed enjoyed the experience experience so much that in 1841 he reshipped on a whaling vessel HERMAN MELVILLE. bound for the Pacific At the Marquesas Islands he and a fellow mariner de-months de-months de-months with erted and spent several the natives. From there Melville made his way to the Society and Sandwich islands, and finally reached home after an abseuce of three years. In 1847 he married a daughter of Chief Justice Shaw, of Mattachusetts. At that tune he had jnst published his first book, "Typee, a Peep at Polynesian Life," The volnrue had numerous editions, and was translated into several European languages. It was quickly followed by "Omoo, a Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas." The author's praise were on every tongue, and an English reviewer declared that "Marquesan Melville Melville is the phcenix of modern voyagers ftprung, it would see in, from the mingled mingled ashes of Captain Cook and Robinson Robinson Crusoe." For a dozen years he was the literary idol at home and abroad, and the Dublin University Magazine declared declared that he was "a man of whom America has reason to be proud as one of her greatest giants in literature," All this was "before the war." The rest is sadnens aud obscurity. Melville dropped out of knowledge of the readers and writers of the United States, thortgh he retained his hold on the affections of the liritinb, among whom his books are till standard, liow thoroughly he was forgotten at home is idiown by the fact that when a visiting English writer "a few years ago inquired, at a gathering in New York of distinctly literary Americana Americana what had become of Herman Melville, Melville, not only was there not one among them who was able to U-ll U-ll U-ll him, but there was scarcely one who had ever heard of the man. albeit that man was then living living within a half mile of the place of the conversation." He died the other day, this one time monarch of the pen. and a single New York l'3j-r l'3j-r l'3j-r gave him a four line obituary. obituary. Then a noted critic felt moved to write of the event, and declared that it is impossible for Robert Louis Steven-sou Steven-sou Steven-sou to wrettt from Herman Melville the laureatahip of the great South sea. But what a fate! Famous at noon, forgotten at evening. I

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  1. The York Daily,
  2. 28 Oct 1891, Wed,
  3. Page 3

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