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Billy Budd, Sailor, and other stories


A more manageable introduction to Melville

Audience Grade 9; used in Classical Conversations communities in Challenge I
Accessibility Some students will require some guidance
Preparation None required
Ease of Use Regular print
Author Herman Melville
Page Count 306 pages total ("Billy Budd" is 85 pages)
Format Perfect bound; paperback
Publication Date 2006

General Description

A more manageable introduction to Melville than Moby Dick, "Billy Budd" raises questions of human nature, consequences, and freedom suited for ninth-graders—and beyond. At the end of the eighteenth century, Billy Budd is recruited to sail with a crew of characters who embody both man’s desire for good and man’s fatal flaws. Through "Billy Budd," students grapple with choices such as grace and peace versus despair, society versus individuality, and the gray area of law versus mercy.

This edition also includes:

  • "Bartelby the Scrivener"
  • "Benito Cereno"
  • "The Encantados"
  • "The Piazza"
  • "The Bell-Tower"

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