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An author all at sea

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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.

 ??  ?? Berkshires boy: Melville lived in Pittsfield, MA
Berkshires boy: Melville lived in Pittsfield, MA

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