"Herman Melville: More than a Whale Story" is part of the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum's "History Alive!" lecture series.
When most people hear the name Herman Melville, they immediately think of the great novel Moby Dick. But Melville wrote much more: other novels, short stories, and poems. As a matter of fact, Moby Dick was not even his most popular novel during his lifetime. That novel, Typee, made him known (much to his chagrin) as “the man who lived among cannibals.” Although scholars today recognize Melville’s literary genius, he died in obscurity.
Joe O’Toole, Director of the Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum, has facilitated adult book discussion programs for many years. Most recently, he has been examining famous American authors’ less-famous books. This presentation will highlight Herman Melville’s life and provide an overview of his literary works, including an examination of sources like the sinking of the whaleship Essex.