Among newcomers pressed into naval service is a proper seaman, given the job of foretopman
, Billy Budd.
. New York: Quality Paperback Book, 1996.
The former adapts Hermann Melville's 1924 novella Billy Budd, Foretopman
, and the latter subjects the life of American celebrity Vickie Lynn Marshall (better known as Anna Nicole Smith) to operatic treatment.
The multilayered study of good and evil, based upon Herman Melville's novella, Billy Budd, Foretopman
, takes place in 1797 during the French Revolutionary Wars and is set aboard the HMS Indomitable, a British man-of-war.
Aangesien die manuskrip by Melville se afsterwe in 1891 nie afgerond was nie, was daar onsekerheid oor verskeie aangeleenthede--die titel van die oorspronklike verhaal was Billy Budd, foretopman
en die skip waarop die verhaal afspeel, het verskillende name gehad, waaronder Bellipotent en Indomitable (Lee, 1993:xx).
I say carelessly, because when the tongue-tied youth kills the Master-at-Arms, it should have followed from that philosophy that the blow prompted by the foretopman
's speech defect was Satanic--not angelic, as Captain Vere, as the whole story declares.
Loti does share a certain something with fellow-seafarer Melville (and more than an eye for the comely foretopman
), but Berrong's contrast holds up.
Vere (nicknamed "Starry" Vere) soon promotes him to the dignified post of foretopman
More significant was the return to prose that culminated in his last work, the novel Billy Budd, Foretopman
, which remained unpublished until 1924.
For example, Billy Budd, Foretopman
, Weaver's text of 1924, opened with a spurious ~Preface' in which Melville appears to set his tale in historical context.
Among books published this year was Billy Budd, Foretopman
by Herman Melville, a work of beauty and force that the author completed shortly before his death in 1891.
The only basis for the charges Claggart makes against Billy is that an afterguardsman, a troublemaker, tries to be friendly and confidential with the foretopman
. Because he joined the navy for no apparent reason and because he never makes any reference to his previous life ashore, Claggart is a man of mystery about whom many rumors are circulated on the ship.