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Reacting to the more outrageous aspects of Melville's prose style, one of the reviewers of an early novel referred to him as a "howling cheese"!

The first mate of the Pequod, Starbuck, was the inspiration for the Seattle-based coffee franchise. For an explanation of its probable source, look at the summary for Chapter 81.

Melville's paternal grandfather, Major Thomas Melvill (Herman changed the spelling of his last name), participated in the Boston Tea Party dressed as an "Indian." In his poem "The Last Leaf," Oliver Wendell Holmes commemorated this eccentric patriot who, until the last years of his life, continued to wear clothing from the Revolutionary period.

In 1867, after his literary reputation had waned, Melville's wife, Lizzie, was "convinced that her husband was insane." Insanity seems to have run in Melville's family. His father, Allen, suffered from dementia before his early death. When his son Malcolm killed himself at the age of 18, the coroner reported that it was "Suicide by shooting himself with a pistol ... under temporary insanity of Mind." Melville's remaining son, Stanwix, traveled aimlessly around the world, disappearing for a year in Central America before his death at age 35.

While writing Moby-Dick, Melville wrote to Hawthorne that the "tail is not yet cooked -- though the hellfire in which the whole book is broiled might not unreasonably have cooked it ere now." Once he finished the manuscript, he admitted to Hawthorne, "I have written a wicked book, and feel spotless as the lamb!"

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