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The Encantadas, Or Enchanted Isles

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The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles is a novella by American author Herman Melville. First published in Putnam's Magazine in 1854, it consists of ten philosophical "Sketches" on the Encantadas, or Galápagos Islands. It was collected in The Piazza Tales in 1856. The Encantadas was to become the most critically successful of that collection. All of the stories are replete with symbolism reinforcing the cruelty of life on the Encantadas. (Introduction excerpted from Wikipedia)

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THE PIAZZA TALES

by

HERMAN MELVILLE,

Author of "Typee," "Omoo," etc., etc., etc.

New York; Dix & Edwards, 321 Broadway. London: Sampson Low, Son & Co. Miller & Holman, Printers & Stereotypers, N.Y.

1856

CONTENTS

THE PIAZZA

BARTLEBY

BENITO CERENO

THE LIGHTNING ROD MAN

THE ENCANTADAS; OR, ENCHANTED ISLANDS

THE BELL TOWER

THE PIAZZA.

"With fairest flowers, Whilst summer lasts, and I live here, Fidele "

When I removed into the country, it was to occupy an old fashioned farm house, which had no piazza a deficiency the more regretted, because not only did I like piazzas, as somehow combining the coziness of in doors with the freedom of out doors, and it is so pleasant to inspect your thermometer there, but the country round about was such a picture, that in berry time no boy climbs hill or crosses vale without coming upon easels planted in every nook, and sun burnt painters painting there. A very paradise of painters. The circle of the stars cut by the circle of the mountains. At least, so looks it from the house; though, once upon the mountains, no circle of them can you see... Continue reading book >>


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