The present vogue of Herman Melville is mainly due to two English novelists, Frank Swinnerton and myself.
We both of us have great opportunities for publicity, and 8 or 10 years ago, in the Reform Club, we decided to convince the world that "Moby Dick" was the greatest of all sea novels. And we did! There is a lot more of Melville that you ought to read if you have not already read it. Some of the "Piazza Tales" are wonderful. And the novel "Pierre", though mad and very strange and over-strained, is really original and remarkable. Some of the still stranger books I have not yet read or tried to read. The trouble is that the esoteric books can only be obtained in the complete edition of the works. Happily I possess a complete edition, bought in 1926. I believe that the original editions of "Typee" and "Omoo" are much better than the current editions, which have been expurgated.