BBC Music Magazine
An author all at sea
Eight miles north of Tanglewood is Pittsfield, the region’s largest town. Herman Melville lived there from 1850-63 and it’s where he penned Moby Dick. Melville’s years as a seaman inspired a number of works; his early writing charted his own adventures at sea, including imprisonment in Polynesia. Billy Budd, Sailor was unfinished when he died in 1891, but the novel was published posthumously in 1924. Perhaps underappreciated in his lifetime, Melville is now considered one of America’s greatest writers.