Melville’s bohemians

This week in my graduate seminar on the American novel to 1855, we discussed Melville’s 1852 novel Pierre, which was almost universally reviled on its publication and still remains the subject of much debate about its artistic flaws and merits. Most contemporary...

Cambridge Contributor: Thomas Augst

With the The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York on the verge of appearing in bookstores around the town and online, we begin our series of profiles of contributors to the volume. Today we profile Thomas Augst, the author of the chapter entitled...

Find your way around Washington Square

The novel, that is, not the Park itself. If you’re interested in finding out more about the Park, past and present, we recommend exploring the archives of this excellent blog. My initial impulse in teaching James’s novel has always been to take the title...

Melvillapalooza @ Metropolitan Playhouse: Ending Soon!

Only three days left in the Metropolitan Playhouse’s Melvillapalooza fest, which has been going on for the last few weeks: original plays, poetry readings, and general Melville-inspired mayhem on E. 4th St.Several of the remaining events are free (though they...