Wednesday, July 24, 2013
A Plea from Hershel Parker: Who Can Find an Unknown Printing of a Poem by Herman Melville?
Melville's copying out "The Age of the Antonines" on 31 March 1877 may have inspired him to try to get it (or perhaps another poem) into print. On 17 June 1877 his sister Fanny wrote to Kate Gansevoort Lansing: "Ever so much love for Abe. Did he receive the paper containing those lines by Herman? 'Why I am A Churchman' has arrived; many thanks for sending it on, I wanted to read it." The context, members of the family passing on reading material, suggests strongly that Fanny or someone else had sent Abe a newspaper containing some poetry by Herman in it, but no such publication has been found. Can anyone find it?