Billy Budd, Sailor

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Billy Budd, Sailor

Cheerful, hardworking, and handsome, Billy is pressed into naval service aboard a British ship during the Napoleonic wars. The innocent and lovable young man quickly wins the hearts of all his comrades, save one: Claggart, the implacably bitter master-at-arms, who falsely accuses Billy of inciting mutiny. Rich in ambiguities, Herman Melville's haunting parable of the clash between good and evil raises thought-provoking issues related to the conflict between the requirements of the law and the needs of humanity.
This is the definitive edition of Melville's classic tale. Billy Budd, Sailor was discovered unfinished in the author's desk shortly after his 1891 death and remained unpublished until 1924. This text is the result of years of study and scrupulous research by Melville scholars. It offers students and other lovers of literature the best and most authentic version of the American storyteller's final masterpiece.

Reprint of the University of Chicago Press, Chicago, edition.


  • Age Level = 12 and up
  • Book Author = Herman Melville
  • Book Material = Paperback
  • Book Publisher = Dover Publications
  • Book Series = Challenge I
  • Copyright = c1962
  • Grade Level = 6 and up
  • Condition = New
  • Subject = CC Reading List

Item Number: 365-23

Item ID: 16805

Category: Billy Budd, Sailor