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Billy Budd and Other Stories (Collins Classics)


William Collins

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William Collins

Publication Year 2014-09-25

ISBN 9780007558193

ISBN-10 0007558198


Number of Pages 368 Pages
Language English
It is the end of the eighteenth century and the navy recruits the eponymous hero - the 'Handsome Sailor' - to its fleet. Accused of mutinous behaviour, Billy Budd is forced to defend himself, but his fearful, silent response soon gives way to a terrible act of violence. The consequences are disastrous and nothing can prevent the force of judgment and eventual justice upon him. Discovered among Melville's papers after his death and published posthumously in 1924, 'Billy Budd' is a powerful tale of guilt and innocence, crime and punishment and the cost of adhering to duty. From the author of 'Moby Dick', Melville's allegorical tales are loaded with symbolism and showcase his distinctive writing style and themes in shorter form.