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 (mĕl′vĭl), Herman 1819-1891.
American writer whose experiences at sea provided the factual basis of the highly allegorical novel Moby-Dick (1851). His other works include short stories, such as "Bartleby the Scrivener" (1856), and the novella Billy Budd (published posthumously in 1924).

Mel·vil′le·an (-vĭl′ē-ən) adj.


(Biography) Herman. 1819–91, US novelist and short-story writer. Among his works, Moby Dick (1851) and Billy Budd (written 1891, published 1924) are outstanding


(ˈmɛl vɪl)

1. Herman, 1819–91, U.S. novelist.
2. Lake, a saltwater lake on the E coast of Labrador, Newfoundland, in E Canada. ab. 1133 sq. mi. (2935 sq. km).
Mel•vil′le•an, adj., n.
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Certain strokes in Argue's repertoire have analogies in the seven canonic Chinese movements as catalogued in A Diagram of the Battle Formation of the Brush (Pi-chen t'u), a seventh-century manual, including "A rhinoceros digging its tusk into the ground" (a downward left thrust as in Argue's Backstory), or "shooting from a hundred pound crossbow" (the upturned hook in Argue's Melvillean Queequeg) and "a withered vine a thousand years old" (a wavelike ending flourish that is the central gesture in Hither and Thithering Waters of Night, with its elliptical red inscription).
In a Melvillean mode, however, even the confession of the fear of revealing the personal conceals what/how that buried significance most fundamentally signifies.
We shift to a few lines devoted to the nature of whiteness--not whiteness as some Melvillean symbol of the inscrutability of the universe, but whiteness as further evidence of the speaker's uneasy emotional state and solipsism.
If novelist-authorities exist, then surely the great Russian writers are models by whose "example one becomes a better artist", and the narrator ends with this Melvillean proclamation: "They annihilate one's impurer pretensions; they clear one's eyesight; they fortify one's arm" (Coetzee 2007: 227).
Pip's music itself generates a Melvillean Ring Shout among the sailors, despite the "marked insularity" (32) and prejudice of some of them.