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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Notice of White-Jacket in the Albany Argus

Albany Argus - April 13, 1850
found at Fulton History
Included in the "Checklist of Additional Reviews" (page 349) in Herman Melville: The Contemporary Reviews, but not there transcribed.
WHITE JACKET, OR THE WORLD IN A MAN OF WAR. By Herman Melville.

This work purports to be the record of the writer's personal experiences on board a man-of-war. He has no doubt, in writing his book, made large drafts upon his imagination, while yet a general air of truthfulness certainly pervades it. It is the product of an uncommonly bright and active mind.  --Albany Argus, Saturday, April 13, 1850; found at Fulton History.
This one is brief but interesting for the writer's skepticism ("purports") about Melville's facts, and the claimed insight into Melville's creative process.  

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