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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 Complete Shorter Fiction

Herman Melville - Fiction - 1997 - 522 pages
...bemg planted m tnghsh soiL it developed itself, grew m grecnness, and then fell to mould. So L Cmil I was twenty-five, I had no development at alL From my twenty-fifth yeat I date my hfe. Threc wecks have scatcely passed, at any time betwecn then and now. lhai I have...
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The Science of Sacrifice: American Literature and Modern Social Theory

Susan L. Mizruchi - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 496 pages
...replace the theological skin I do not yet see."18 Compare this to Melville's famous image of 1851, "Three weeks have scarcely passed, at any time between...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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The Sign of the Cannibal: Melville and the Making of a Postcolonial Reader

Geoffrey Sanborn - Literary Criticism - 1998 - 254 pages
...says in a letter to Hawthorne, the good thing about his life since his return from the sea is that "[t]hree weeks have scarcely passed, at any time between...and now, that I have not unfolded within myself." The bad thing about this intensely interior life is that afterimages of experience always dim as they...
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Readings/writings

Greg Dening - History - 1998 - 235 pages
...genius'. The two friends talked about writing. 'From my twenty-fifth year 1 date my life', said Melville. Three weeks have scarcely passed at any time between then and now, that 1 have not unfolded within myself.' Over the previous five years, Melville had written Typee and its...
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The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America

Leo Marx - Literary Criticism - 2000 - 414 pages
...from the Pacific in 1844. Until that year, he writes in a now familiar passage from the same letter, "I had no development at all. From my twenty-fifth...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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The American Mystery: American Literature from Emerson to DeLillo

Tony Tanner, Professor of English and American Literature Tony Tanner, Formerly Professor of English Tony Tanner - Literary Collections - 2000 - 242 pages
...number of invented or interpolated episodes - in IVhite-Jacket. In June 1851 he wrote to Hawthorne: 'Until I was twenty-five, I had no development at all. From my twenty-fifth year I date my life.'"1 That twenty-fifth birthday occurred shortly before the end of his voyage on the United States....
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Melville "Among the Nations": Proceedings of an International Conference ...

Sanford E. Marovitz, Athanasios C. Christodoulou, A. K. Christodoulou - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 593 pages
...self-assessment in a letter to Hawthorne: "Until I was twenty-five, I had no development at all," he said. "From my twentyfifth year I date my life. Three weeks...then and now, that I have not unfolded within myself' (NN Correspondence, 193). Along with other early Melville scholars, Leon Howard used these lines to...
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The Fluid Text: A Theory of Revision and Editing for Book and Screen

John Bryant, John L. Bryant - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 198 pages
...of finishing Moby-Dick to write his friend, Melville considered his "development" up to that point. 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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Democratic Voices and Vistas: American Literature from Emerson to Lanier

Darrel Abel - Literary Criticism - 2002 - 540 pages
...he was completing Moby Dick. In it he said, "My development has been all within a few years past." Until I was twenty-five, I had no development at all....weeks have scarcely passed, at any time between then & now, that I have not unfolded within myself. But I feel that I am now come to the inmost leaf of...
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American Humor: A Study of the National Character

Constance Rourke - History - 2004 - 258 pages
...but a seed, being planted in English soil, it developed itself, grew to greenness, and then fell into mold. So I. Until I was twenty-five, I had no development...and now, that I have not unfolded within myself. But I now feel that I am come to the inmost leaf of the bulb, and that shortly the flower must come to...
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