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The Apple-Tree Table and Other Sketches

Herman Melville

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. . .ps designating the exact place of the two holes made by the two bugs, something in the same way in which are marked the spots where the cannon balls struck Brattle Street church.



A papered chamber in a fine old farmhouse, a mile from any other dwelling, and dipped to the eaves in foliage—surrounded by mountains, old woods, and Indian pools,—this surely, is the place to write of Hawthorne. Some charm is in this northern air, for love and duty seem both impelling to the task. A man of a deep and noble nature has seized me in this seclusion. His wild, witch-voice rings through me; or, in softer cadences, I seem to hear it in the songs of the hillside birds that sing in the larch trees at my window.

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Community Reviews

A decidedly mixed bag. This is a collection of all the short stories Melville published from 1853 to 1856 which didn't make it into Piazza Tales (plus, for some reason, the 1850 editorial "Hawthorne and His Mosses").

"The Happy Failure" - quite possibly the least pretentiously written Melville story