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"A must for Melvillians from all the isles of the sea and all the ends of the earth. Essential."

"Spanos offers an incisive case that with Billy Budd, in line with his earlier fiction from the 1850s, the elderly Melville left a powerful critique of American exceptionalism, an ideology that relies on spatial divisions of Old World and New World as well as temporal divisions of past, present, and future."

"Spanos offers a bracing account of Melville’s last novel that conveys its unsettling power."