|Albany Argus - April 13, 1850|
found at Fulton History
WHITE JACKET, OR THE WORLD IN A MAN OF WAR. By Herman Melville.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.
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.