Monday, September 19, 2016

1856 Melville mention by "Fidelius" in the Boston Evening Transcript

“Hermann Melville, our clever nautical story teller, has gone abroad in search of health and new material for adventurous fiction.” --Boston Evening Transcript, October 21, 1856; New York correspondence from "Fidelius"
"Fidelius" wrote letters from New York to the Boston Evening Transcript in the mid 1850's, around the time that Melville's friend Henry T. Tuckerman was also supplying the Transcript with New York correspondence over a different pen name. Writing as "Knick," Tuckerman handled book reviews and literary news, while "Fidelius" wrote more generally about people and cultural events--in Gotham and around the world.

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