Wednesday, February 2, 2022


This brief 1866 notice of Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War is not in Herman Melville: The Contemporary Reviews, edited by Brian Higgins and Hershel Parker (Cambridge University Press, 1995).

Albany Argus - September 21, 1866
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BATTLE PIECES -- By Herman Mellville. New York. Harper & Brothers.

The author of this volume of War Poetry has won a reputation as the author of "Typee" and "Omoo," and now tries his hand in a volume of martial lyrics. Many of the pieces are good, and all of them are free from the objectionable references to men who have striven on the battlefield to prevent a dissolution of the Union. The author closes the work with an appendix in prose, which proves that he has an appreciation of the times in which he lives and writes.

For sale by S. R. GRAY.  -- The Argus (Albany, New York), September 21, 1866.

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