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The Metaphysical Tourist

David Sugarman on Herman Melville

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Herman Melville is known for many things, one of which is not his fateful trip to Jerusalem. He went in the aftermath of a disappointing response to his book Moby Dick. David Sugarman reports on what Melville did and did not find there.

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jacob_arnon says:

Any Melville reader would have known that Melville was in Jerusalem.

The setting for his late difficult poem Clarel is “the holy land.”

Melville like Mark Twain later encountered a sparsely populated land. It was the ingathering of Jews in the mid to late 19th who developed the land which brought many Arabs from neighboring States to the land seeking employment.

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The Metaphysical Tourist

David Sugarman on Herman Melville

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