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Billy Budd has an ignominious editorial history, as poor transcription and misinterpretation of Melville's notes on the manuscript marred the first published editions of the text. For example, early versions gave the book's title as Billy Budd, Foretopman, while it now seems clear Melville intended Billy Budd, Sailor: (An Inside Narrative); some versions wrongly included a chapter that Melville had excised as a preface (the correct text has no preface); some versions do not change the name of the ship to Bellipotent (from the Latin bellum war and potens powerful), from Indomitable, as Melville called her in an earlier draft. It is unclear of his full intentions in changing the name of the ship since he only included the name Bellipotent six times.
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ISBN
9781105847059
Published
June 7, 2012
Language
English
File Format
ePub
File Size
177.58 KB

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