Source Study on Melville and the Bible Published
Jonathan A. Cook's Inscrutable Malice: Theodicy, Eschatology, and the Biblical Sources of Moby-Dick is newly published by Northern Illinois University Press and described at the author's web site.
NEH Challenge Grant Awarded
Boise State University's Arts & Humanities Institute, Melville's Marginalia Online, and partnering projects have been awarded a $500,000 Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to endow a digital humanities program at Boise State University. Endowment funds will help pay for technical upgrades, web server and hosting fees, and imaging services at institutions that house Melville's surviving books. To make a financial contribution for the grant's federal matching requirements, please contact the editors at email@example.com or through the site's "Feedback" page under "Menu" at the upper left of your screen.
Newly Surfaced Melville Association Copy
Houghton Library has acquired Herman Melville's autographed copy of George Crabb's English Synonymes Explained (Sealts No. 162.1 in the "Online Catalog"). Undocumented before it emerged for sale in fall 2012, the copy was among volumes sold by Elizabeth Melville to the Brooklyn book dealer A. F. Farnell, whose shop label is displayed on the volume's rear pastedown. The copy is signed, "H[. ]Melville New York. 1848," and is one of only 9 acquisitions known to survive that date to the first 3 years of Melville's professional career as an author (from 1846 to 1848, compared to twice that many titles known to survive from 1849 alone). Marginalia in the copy verify Melville's use of Crabb's book, which was likely acquired by him as a ready reference source and aid to composition. The recovery of Melville's personal copy makes George Crabb's English Synonymes Explained an obligatory resource for the study of Melville's language and diction.
Melville's Marginalia Online has gone Virtual
Melville's Marginalia Online is now a digital photographic archive thanks to the generosity and cooperation of multiple institutions, collectors, and organizations—including Harvard, Princeton, and Yale Universities, the Berkshire Athenaeum, Georgetown University's Woodstock Theological Center, Villanova University's Digital Library, the New York Society Library, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Mr. William Reese, of the William Reese Company. Sign up on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates about newly published digital editions and technical upgrades, including enhanced navigation features and the project's forthcoming search tool.