Sunday, June 24, 2018

1865 Refugee in the New York Evening Express

From the New York Evening Express, March 18, 1865 (the evening edition of the Express, then published at 13 and 15 Park Row by James Brooks and Erastus Brooks). Found at Fulton History.

New York Evening Express - March 18, 1865
"THE REFUGEE."
This is the title of the last story that Herman Melville wrote. It was originally published in Putnam's Magazine, and is now re-issued in a single graceful volume by Peterson & Brothers, of Philadelphia. It is the story of one of the Revolutionary fathers,--Israel Potter. It is written with a faithfulness to nature not often met with in a purely fictitious narrative. The adventures are real enough to belong to history, yet romantic enough to enchant us as in a fable.
The Refugee is the pirated 1865 edition of Israel Potter (New York: G. P. Putnam & Co., 1855).

New York World - January 28, 1876 via GenealogyBank
Melville disavowed it in a letter to the editor of the New York World, published on January 28, 1876. Zachary Turpin first located Melville's epistolary "Protest" in the New York World, as discussed in his March 2017 Leviathan article, Melville's Letter to the World.

The Google-digitized copy of The Refugee from Harvard is accessible online courtesy of HathiTrust Digital Library.

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