The Melville Legacy explores the life and works of Herman Melville (1819-1891), one of America's most renowned 19th century authors. In his novels, Typee, Omoo, and Moby Dick, Melville demonstrates his mastery of the epic sea story, the latter considered by many to be the preeminent American novel. This video program is part of a series of three 19th American Literary Classics produced, directed and hosted by James H. Bride ll to include "The Hawthorne Legacy," and "The Mark Twain Legacy." The Melville Legacy offers students, teachers and interested readers a complete overview of the life, times and writing of Herman Melville, focusing on Moby Dick. Experienced scholars will explore themes, ideas and language in Moby Dick and analyze Melville's distinctive writing style. The program materials will demonstrate why Melville is considered a major figure in world literature.