This is the fourth book I’ve read by Andrew Delbanco. He never disappoints with his keen insights into literature, culture, and American history.
I am very interested in the first half of nineteenth century America. As a Christian, there are many significant movements of thought swirling which make it endlessly fascinating and challenging.
Delbanco’s Melville has the author’s characteristic brilliance: great writing coupled with brilliant insights. For me, one of the most poignant things is seeing how well Delbanco captures the tormented genius of Melville along with showcasing the compassion of his dear friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Christian ministers could learn a lot about compassion and being patient with serial doubters like Melville.
I have two seminary degrees and would love to see books like this as required reading in the curriculum.