Context herman melville was born in 1819 in new york city his family was well off but his father went bankrupt and insane and died when melville was twelve. Herman melville born august 1 1819 new york city died september 28 1891 new york city american novelist short story writer and poet best known for his novels of the sea including his masterpiece moby dick 1851. The institute will illuminate the art and context of herman melvilles famous 19 th century american novel moby dick and help teachers from across the country interpret the book for 21 st century students. Context herman melville was born in new york city in 1819 the third of eight children born to maria gansevoort melville and allan melville a prosperous importer of foreign goods
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