Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

April 15, 2013

A Whale of a Disappointment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Frank Fiore @ 10:15 AM

Ever have a sneaky suspicion that you don’t know the real truth behind some of  our famous writers. You know, things that you would have never known except for some website that has spent time digging into an author’s past?

Found this little known fact at a blog called – wheat else – The Blog.

What all-time-great novel didn’t even sell out its first printing of about 3,000 copies? Believe it or not, “Moby-Dick” (1851). The downward spiral continued for Herman Melville with “Pierre” (1852), which was lambasted by critics for being allegedly crazy, sick, perverted, etc. That odd novel focuses on a seemingly incestuous relationship, and also features the title character writing a badly received book — reflecting Melville’s bitterness at the response to “Moby-Dick.” But I think “Pierre” is a masterpiece in its way. The post-“Pierre” Melville (1819-1891) lapsed into obscurity, writing poetry that didn’t sell much and working as a customs inspector in New York City.

So I was not the only one who had to suffer through Moby ‘THICK’ in high school.

 

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