Sunday, May 27, 2018
Blessed Retirement! 20 years since retiring, 29 May 1998, and heading the Bronco West
A few talks, mainly local, but these post-retirement publications.
The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 5th Edition (1998). This is the most thoroughly revised edition yet. For it I wrote new author headnotes and selection headnotes and footnotes for Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Caroline Stansbury Kirkland, Fanny Fern, Louisa May Alcott, and Harriet Prescott Spofford. I wrote new footnotes for additional selections by Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, and other authors already represented in earlier editions of NAAL. I also updated the bibliographies for the period and made many other changes.
"Herman Melville," in American National Biography, Vol. 15 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999), pp. 277-283.
"Ahab's Wife Doesn't Belong on Same Shelf as Moby-Dick," San Francisco Chronicle (24 October 1999), 10.
The Norton Critical Edition of MOBY‑DICK, Second Edition, eds. Hershel Parker and Harrison Hayford (New York: W. W. Norton, 2001), pp. xvii and 726.
"Melville's Reading and Moby-Dick: An Overview and a Bibliography," in The Norton Critical Edition of MOBY‑DICK, Second Edition (2001), 431-437.
"Before Moby-Dick: International Controversy over Melville," in The Norton Critical Edition of MOBY-DICK, Second Edition (2001), 465-470.
"Damned by Dollars: Moby-Dick and the Price of Genius," in The Norton Critical Edition of MOBY-DICK, Second Edition (2001), 713-726. Revised and reprinted in Living with a Writer, ed. Dale Salwak (London and New York: Palgrave/Macmillan and St. Martin's Press, 2004), 202-222. [first copy received 30 August 2004]
"Foreword," in the Sesquicentennial issue of the Northwestern-Newberry Moby-Dick (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2001), pp. xiii-xvi.
"Melville and Hawthorne in the Berkshires," in Aspects of Melville, ed. David Scribner (Pittsfield: Berkshire County Historical Society at Arrowhead, 2001), 21-27.
"The Masterpiece That Ended a Career: Melville's Moby-Dick," Sea Letter 61 (Winter 2001), 10-13.
Herman Melville: A Biography, 1851-1891 (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2002). Xvii and 997. Winner in "Biography and Autobiography," Association of American Publishers' Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division Annual Award; listed as an "Outstanding Academic Title" in the January 2004 issue of Choice Magazine.
Norton Anthology of American Literature, 6th Edition (2002). Contains only a few new authors with new headnotes but a greatly rewritten general introduction.
Robin Grey and Douglas Robillard in consultation with Hershel Parker, "Melville's Milton: The Marginalia in The Poetical Works of John Milton: A Transcription of Melville's Annotation in His Copy of Milton," Leviathan, 4 (March and October 2002), 117-204. Reprinted in Melville and Milton: An Edition and Analysis of Melville's Annotations on Milton, ed. Robin Grey (Pittsburgh: DuQuesne University Press, 2004), 115-203.
Editor and contributor, “Harrison Hayford (1916-2001): His Students Recollect,” Leviathan 5.11 (March 2003), 71-85.
"Foreword," in Harrison Hayford, Melville's Prisoners (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2003), vii-xi.
"What Hawthorne Meant to Melville," Harrison Hayford, introduced by Hershel Parker, Hawthorne Revisited: Honoring the Bicentennial of the Author's Birth, eds. Gordon Hyatt and David Scribner (Lenox: Lenox Library Association, 2004), 75-82.
"Chronologie," in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, No. 433, Herman Melville, Oeuvres, 2 ("Redburn" and "Vareuse-Blanche"), ed. Philippe Jaworski, with Michel Imbert, Hershel Parker, and Joseph Urbas (Paris: Gallimard, 2004), xiii-xviii. (A new chronology for 1849-1850, the period of this volume.)
“Damned by Dollars,” revised, in Living with a Writer, Dale Salwak, ed. (Houndsmill, Basingstoke, Hampshire, 2004), 202-222. [which is publisher?]
With Mark Niemeyer, the Second Norton Critical Edition of The Confidence-Man (New York: W. W. Norton, 2006). This contains reprinted essays and (besides the Preface) three substantial new essays by Parker: "The Confidence Man's Masquerade," "Delusions of a 'Terrestrial Paradise,'" and "The Politics of Allegorizing Indian Hating."
"Chronologie," in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, No. 433, Herman Melville, Oeuvres, 3 ("Moby-Dick; Pierre ou les Ambiguités"]), ed. Philippe Jaworski, with Michel Imbert, Hershel Parker, and Joseph Urbas (Paris: Gallimard, 2006), xxxiii-xl. (A new chronology for 1850-1853, the period of this volume.)
Reading Melville's "Pierre; or, The Ambiguities", by Brian Higgins and Hershel Parker (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2006. [Actually out April 2007.]
"The Isle of the Cross and Poems: Lost Melville Books and the Indefinite Afterlife of Error," Nineteenth-Century Literature 62 (June 2007), 29-47.
Melville: The Making of the Poet (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2008); available late November 2007 but dated 2008.
"James B. Meriwether: An Encounter," Mississippi Quarterly, 59:3-4 (Summer-Fall 2006), 391-393. [An excerpt from Ornery People, written before Meriwether's death on 18 March 2007, my pdf received 18 March 2008.]
"Foreword," in Herman Melville's Clarel (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2008), xiii-xxvii. (copies available August 2008).
Published Poems, Vol. 11 in The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Hershel Parker, G. Thomas Tanselle, and Alma MacDougall Reising (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2009); my paperback copy received 4 June 2009.
"Chronologie," in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, Herman Melville, Oeuvres, 4 ("Bartleby le scribe; Billy Budd, marin; et autres romans), ed. Philippe Jaworski, with David Lapoujade and Hershel Parker (Paris: Gallimard, 2010), xxi-xlii. (A new chronology for 1852-1891, the period of this volume.) Received 4 March 2010.
"The 'New Scholarship': Textual Evidence and Its Implications for Criticism, Literary Theory, and Aesthetics," Studies in American Fiction, 9 (Autumn 1981), pp. 18l‑97. Reprinted in Ecdotica 6 (University of Bologna, 2009), in Anglo-American Scholarly Editing, 1980-2005 (Bulogna: University of Bulogna, 2010), 30-46. [copy received 5 June 2010]
Billy Budd: Lesen & Verstehen (Düsselforf: Düsseldorf University Press, 2010), translated by Ernst A. Chantelau. This is a German edition of my Reading “Billy Budd” (1990).
“The Talented Ripley Hitchcock,” American Literary Realism, 43 (Winter 2011), pp. 175-182. [Available on Muse 6 January 2011, paper copy soon afterwards]
The Powell Papers: A Confidence Man Amok Among the Anglo-American Literati (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2011), xiv, 345. Copy received 29 June 2011.
“Chronologie,” pp. 603-618, a condensed 1810-1891 version, in the Folio Classique edition of Melville’s Mardi, ed. Dominique Marçais, Mark Niemeyer, Joseph Urbas, préface nouvelle de Philippe Jaworski, Chronologie de Hershel Parker, traduction de Rose Celli, revue par Philippe Jaworski (Paris: Gallimard, 2011) Received 29 June 2011.
“The Unemployable Herman Melville: ‘Nothing Else To Do” But Sign on a Whaleship,” Historic Nantucket 62.2 (Spring 2012), 4-10.
“Walter E. Bezanson: A Memorial,” Leviathan 37 (Spring 2012), 37-42.
Melville Biography: An Inside Narrative (Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2012).
“Melville as ‘The Modern Boccaccio’: The Fascinations of Fayaway,” introduction to Typee (Los Angeles: A Barnacle Book / Rare Bird Books, 2013), xv-xxix.
“The Tryon County Patriots of 1775 and their ‘Association,’” the webzine Journal of the American Revolution (14 August 2014), 11 pages. Reprinted in June 2015 in Journal of the American Revolution: Annual Volume 2015, eds. Todd Andrik, Don N. Hagist, Hugh T. Harrington (Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2015), 63-72. Reprinted in an expanded version in the Gaston-Lincoln Genealogical Society’s Footprints in Time (December 2014), 154-174.
“Fanning Outfoxes Marion,” Journal of the American Revolution (8 October 2014), 9 pages. Reprinted in June 2015 in Journal of the American Revolution: Annual Volume 2015, eds. Todd Andrik, Don N. Hagist, Hugh T. Harrington (Yardley, PA: Westholme Publishing, 2015), 350-356.
“John Butler’s ‘Want of Good Generalship,’” Journal of the American Revolution (22 January 2015), 10 pages.
“Fanning’s Bloody Sabbath as Traced by Alexander Gray,” Journal of the American Revolution (4 May 2015), 12 pages.
“The Memorial of David Fanning,” Southern Campaigns of the American Revolution (August 2015), 1-7.
“Absolving David Fanning—From Dreck to Rumph,” Journal of the American Revolution (24 November 2015), 10 pages.
“North Carolina Patriot Women Who Talked Back to the Tories,” Journal of the American Revolution (11 January 2017), 11 pages. On 22 October 2017, there is an agreement to reprint this article in Journal of the American Revolution, Annual Volume 2018.
“A ‘Heavenly Harvest’ of Vulnerable Women in North Carolina: Tory Troops as Sexual Predators,” Journal of the American Revolution (27 February 2017), 11 pages.
“The ‘Battle at McIntire’s Farm’: Joseph Graham as Historian of the Revolution,” Journal of the American Revolution (11 May 2017), 13 pages.
“Avenging Francis Bradley, the Mecklenburg Marksman: A Family Story,” Journal of the American Revolution (26 June 2017), 13 pages.
The final volume in the 15-volume Northwestern-Newberry Edition of The Writings of Herman Melville, BILLY BUDD, SAILOR and Other Uncompleted Writings. The volume is a team effort, edited by Hayford, Tanselle, Sandberg, and MacDougall. I am General Editor of the volume and author of the “Historical Note,” the story of Melville's working life after 1860, pp. 297-365. My first copy came 27 October 2017.
Moby-Dick, the third edition of the Norton Critical Edition of Moby-Dick, greatly revised from the 1967 and 2001 editions, containing several pieces (some new) by me. My first copy came 15 November 2017.
"Make-or-Break Reviews," in Herman Melville in Context, ed. Kevin Hayes (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 285-295. My copies came 7 February 2018.
Forthcoming, article in the 2018 hardback Journal of the American Revolution, "North Carolina Patriot Women Who Talked Back to the Tories."
Moby-Dick, in a French translation in the Gallimard Quarto series, with my 43-page Chronologie; pdf received 15 February 2018; book due out 19 April 2018.
Planned, participation in a short section of Leviathan on the NN Edition.
Contract for the Library of America volume on Melville's Poetry.
Current project: Ornery People: Who the Depression Okies Were. This will be a unique genealogical book because I bring to it all I have learned about historical research in a scholarly career spanning more than half a century. The idea behind it is that almost anyone whose family had been in eastern Oklahoma since the mid-19th century can now, starting with the Internet, retrieve lost family stories and establish new historical memories in the context of successive episodes of American history.
In progress: The three-volume third edition of The New Melville Log, Hershel Parker and Jay Leyda, perhaps an electronic version of the entire 9,000 page archive. Until other projects are completed this functions as my private archive of archives, but I am still adding to the Log.