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" Until I was twenty-five, I had no development at all. From my twenty-fifth year I date my life. Three weeks have scarcely passed, at any time between then and now, that I have not unfolded within myself. "
The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine - Page 473
edited by - 1925
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The Fatalism of Herman Melville

Patrick Francis Quinn - 1939
...whale ship. He himself seems to have been aware of this when, in June 1851, he wrote to Hawthorne: "Until I was twenty-five, I had no development at...and now, that I have not unfolded within myself." Melville was twenty-five in 1844. Most of his writing was done during the next seven years. And it...
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Mardi and a Voyage Thither: Volulme Three, Scholarly Edition

Herman Melville - Fiction - 1970 - 729 pages
...half years of whaling and wandering in the Pacific and, at the age of twenty-five, began to write. "Three weeks have scarcely passed, at any time between then and now," he explained, "that I have not unfolded within myself."1 The unfolding within i. Documentation of this...
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Melville's Later Novels

William B. Dillingham - Literary Criticism - 1986 - 430 pages
...incapable 20. Indeed, he wrote Hawthorne that there was little in his early years that was memorable: "Until I was twenty-five, I had no development at all. From my twenty-fifth year I date my life." The Letters of Herman Melville, ed. Merrell R. Davis and William H. Oilman (New Haven: Yale University...
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Nathaniel Hawthorne and His Wife: A Biography, Volume 1

Julian Hawthorne - Authors' spouses - 1884
...being planted in English soil, it developed itself, grew to greenness, and then fell to mould. So L Until I was twenty-five, I had no development at all...and now, that I have not unfolded within myself. But I feel that I am now come to the inmost leaf of the bulb, and that shortly the flower must fall to...
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Writing & Culture

Balz Engler - Culture - 1992 - 262 pages
...take to be one major implication of his famous comment in a letter to Hawthorne of early June, 1851: Until I was twenty-five, I had no development at all....weeks have scarcely passed, at any time between then & now [ie, 1845—1851], that I have not unfolded within myself." (Leyda:l:413) Melville was twenty-five...
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Anger, Madness, and the Daimonic: The Psychological Genesis of Violence ...

Stephen A. Diamond - Psychology - 1996 - 402 pages
...Melville was twentyfive years old. In a letter to [Nathaniel] Hawthorne, seven years later, he wrote, "Until I was twenty-five, I had no development at...and now, that I have not unfolded within myself." What had Melville been doing during those seven years of growth? The answer is, writing. From age twenty-five...
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Herman Melville: 1819-1851

Hershel Parker - Novelists, American - 1996
...seed, being planted in English soil, it developed itself, grew to greenness, and then fell to mould. So I. Until I was twenty-five, I had no development...scarcely passed, at any time between then and now, diat I have not unfolded widiin myself. But I feel diat I am now come to the inmost leaf of the bulb,...
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Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

Herman Melville - Fiction - 1996 - 368 pages
...at all," Melville wrote to Hawthorne in 1851, looking back to the beginnings of his writing career. "From my twenty-fifth year I date my life. Three weeks...then and now, that I have not unfolded within myself (Correspondence 193). The occasion for this confession was the completion of Moby-Dick, certainly the...
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The Weaver-God, He Weaves: Melville and the Poetics of the Novel

Christopher Sten - Language Arts & Disciplines - 1996 - 388 pages
...seed, being planted in English soil, it developed itself, grew to greenness, and then fell to mould. So I. Until I was twenty-five, I had no development at all. From my twenty-fifth year 1 date my life. Three weeks have scarcely passed, at any time between then and now, that I have not...
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Herman Melville: The Critical Heritage

Watson G. Branch - Reference - 1997 - 444 pages
...seed, being planted in English soil, it developed itself, grew to greenness, and then fell to mould. So I. Until I was twenty-five, I had no development...and now, that I have not unfolded within myself. But I feel that I am now come to the inmost leaf of the bulb, and that shortly the flower must fall to...
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