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Perry Miller: The Raven and the Whale

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John Pervez

on 5 February 2014

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Transcript of Perry Miller: The Raven and the Whale

The Raven and the Whale: Opposing Views
The Piece Itself

- Miller's piece demonstrates the opposing opinions of Clark and Duyckinck by examining Melville

Politics in Play
- Two main contenders referenced in Miller’s text are: Lewis Gaylord Clark and Evert Augustus Duyckinck
- Clark was associated with the Whigs; editor of the Knickerbocker Magazine which existed as an editorial in which editors would include fine art pieces and biographical sketches
- Duyckinck was a Democrat who furthered the “Young America” movement which advocated free trade, expansion into southern territories, and social reform

Works Cited
The Raven and the Whale: The War of Words and Wits in the Era of Poe and Melville
Presentation By: John Pervez
- "The Raven and the Whale" was really a competition between competitive editors involved in the New York Literary scene
B, Luisa. "Literature Room: Dark Romantics." Literature Room. N.p., 25 Apr. 2010. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
Rodriguez, Jorge. "The selfish members of a selfish society: A look at Transcendentalism and Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick'." Serendip Literature. N.p., 15 May 2006. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
"Herman Melville - Biography." The European Graduate School. Britanica, n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
Myers, D G. "The Raven and the Whale Discussion." A Commonplace Blog. N.p., 18 Dec. 2008. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
Widmer, Edward L. "Young America." The New York Times. N.p., 1999. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
Hoffman, Charles F. "The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine (1847)." Archive. N.p., 10 Mar. 2001. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
- Miller himself acknowledges the lacking ties to "Moby-Dick", [t]he present book, let me say once and for all, is only incidentally concerned with Moby-Dick or even with Herman Melville: it is preoccupied with Melville’s America. . . ."
- Perry Miller’s “The Raven and the Whale” is a transitional piece which documents the change in American Literature between the years of 1833 and 1857
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