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Age72 (age at death)
Birthday 1 August, 1819
Birthplace New York City
Died 28 September, 1891
Place of Death September 28, 1891 (aged 72) New York City, New York, U.S.
Zodiac Sign Leo
Nationality American
Occupation Writer
Claim to Fame Moby-Dick (1851)
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Herman Melville (born Melvill; August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. Among his best-known works are Moby-Dick (1851), Typee (1846), a romanticized account of his experiences in Polynesia, and Billy Budd, Sailor, a posthumously published novella. Although his reputation was not high at the time of his death, the centennial of his birth in 1919 was the starting point of a Melville revival and Moby-Dick grew to be considered one of the great American novels.

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