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Israel Potter : his fifty years of exile /
Herman Melville ; introduction and notes by Robert S. Levine.
edition
New ed.
imprint
New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2008.
description
xxxiv, 247 p. ; 20 cm.
ISBN
014310523X, 9780143105237
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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series title
imprint
New York, N.Y. : Penguin Books, 2008.
isbn
014310523X
9780143105237
general note
Originally published in 1855.
catalogue key
6415744
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [xxix]-xxxiv).
Originally published: New York : Putnam, 1855.
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Appeared in Library Journal on 2008-06-01:
Published in 1855, Melville's fictional biography is his only historical novel. It tells the story of Israel Potter, a Revolutionary War hero and Bunker Hill survivor who ultimately ends up on the streets of London. Melville mixes fact with fiction and real characters (Ben Franklin) with invented ones. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This novel began as a simple rewrite of an obscure little narrative, in which Israel Potter tells the story of his sad fall from revolutionary hero to London peddler. Following its opening chapter Melville's novel retells that tale, then alternately moves between invented episodes and historical sources unrelated to the original.
Long Description
The authoritative edition of Melvilleas only historical novel Based on the life of an actual soldier who claimed to have fought at Bunker Hill, "Israel Potter" is unique among Herman Melvilleas books: a novel in the guise of a biography. In telling the story of Israel Potteras fall from Revolutionary War hero to peddler on the streets of London, where he obtained a livelihood by crying aOld Chairs to Mend, a Melville alternated between invented scenes and historical episodes, granting cameos to such famous men of the era as Benjamin Franklin (Potter may have been his secret courier) and John Paul Jones, and providing a portrait of the American Revolution as the rollicking adventure and violent series of events that it really was. This edition of "Israel Potter," which reproduces the definitive text, includes selections from Potteras autobiography, "Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter," the basis for Melvilleas novel.
Main Description
Herman Melville's "Israel Potter" is the novelized tale of a man who really did fight in the American Revolution -- a man who lived a life of very real adventure. After fighting in the revolution, he went on to be a part of the newly-established United States Navy, ended up serving as a secret courier for Benjamin Franklin! Bits of this are fiction, and may be even more spectacular. . . .
Main Description
The authoritative edition of Melville's only historical novel Based on the life of an actual soldier who claimed to have fought at Bunker Hill, Israel Potter is unique among Herman Melville's books: a novel in the guise of a biography. In telling the story of Israel Potter's fall from Revolutionary War hero to peddler on the streets of London, where he obtained a livelihood by crying "Old Chairs to Mend," Melville alternated between invented scenes and historical episodes, granting cameos to such famous men of the era as Benjamin Franklin (Potter may have been his secret courier) and John Paul Jones, and providing a portrait of the American Revolution as the rollicking adventure and violent series of events that it really was. This edition of Israel Potter , which reproduces the definitive text, includes selections from Potter's autobiography, Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter , the basis for Melville's novel.
Main Description
The authoritative edition of Melville's only historical novel Based on the life of an actual soldier who claimed to have fought at Bunker Hill, Israel Potteris unique among Herman Melville's books: a novel in the guise of a biography. In telling the story of Israel Potter's fall from Revolutionary War hero to peddler on the streets of London, where he obtained a livelihood by crying "Old Chairs to Mend," Melville alternated between invented scenes and historical episodes, granting cameos to such famous men of the era as Benjamin Franklin (Potter may have been his secret courier) and John Paul Jones, and providing a portrait of the American Revolution as the rollicking adventure and violent series of events that it really was. This edition of Israel Potter, which reproduces the definitive text, includes selections from Potter's autobiography, Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter, the basis for Melville's novel.
Main Description
The authoritative edition of Melville’s only historical novel Based on the life of an actual soldier who claimed to have fought at Bunker Hill, Israel Potteris unique among Herman Melville’s books: a novel in the guise of a biography. In telling the story of Israel Potter’s fall from Revolutionary War hero to peddler on the streets of London, where he obtained a livelihood by crying Old Chairs to Mend,” Melville alternated between invented scenes and historical episodes, granting cameos to such famous men of the era as Benjamin Franklin (Potter may have been his secret courier) and John Paul Jones, and providing a portrait of the American Revolution as the rollicking adventure and violent series of events that it really was. This edition of Israel Potter, which reproduces the definitive text, includes selections from Potter’s autobiography, Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter, the basis for Melville’s novel.

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