Among newcomers pressed into naval service is a proper seaman, given the job of foretopman
, Billy Budd.
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.
The examinant afterwards saw [Lieutenant Douglas] dragged up the after Ladder from between decks by the Heels followed by William Crawley a Foretopman
with a Tomahawk in his hand saying Where is the Bugger?
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).
Captain Vere is held up as a model officer, absolutely faithful to his "vows of allegiance to martial duty" Abnegating his most compassionate, human feelings, he urges the officers of the drumhead court to impose a sentence of death on the foretopman
, though all agree, and Captain Vere first of all, that he was falsely charged by Claggart.
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, which remained unpublished until 1924.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
Two books were published posthumously: a volume of poetry called Weeds and Wildings (1924) and the novella Billy Budd, Foretopman