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Melville Electronic Library

From Hofstra University comes the Melville Electronic Library (MEL): "a born-digital critical archive that features scholarly editions of all versions of all works by American poet and novelist Herman Melville." Here, literature scholars and fans of Moby-Dick will find a growing collection of Melville resources organized into three main parts: archive, editions, and projects, with each section building upon the preceding one. The archive offers visitors direct access to the project's entire collection of texts and images, which are then used in conjunction with MELCat, the project's cataloging software, to create the scholarly editions of Melville's works featured in the editions section. The projects section invites visitors to draw upon the archive and editions to create new scholarship. As of this writing, visitors to MEL can find material such as images from Melville's personal collection of art prints, letters and correspondence, and "fluid-text" versions of Moby-Dick, Battle-Pieces, and Billy Budd. Begun in 2009 and slated for completion in 2030, this project is directed by John Bryant, Professor Emeritus of English at Hofstra University. The Melville Electronic Library is continually adding to its content, so those interested should revisit this resource at a later date.
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