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Benito Cereno

by Herman Melville

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This harrowing account of a slave revolt is one of Melville's finest tales. When a New England sea captain goes to aid a mysterious ship, it slowly unfolds, in almost surreal clarity, that it is a slave ship whose cargo has revolted, its captain is a prisoner and most of the crew has been murdered.

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IN THE year 1799, Captain Amasa Delano, of Duxbury, in Massachusetts, commanding a large sealer and general trader, lay at anchor, with a valuable cargo, in the harbour of St. Maria- a small, desert, uninhabited island towards the southern extremity of the long coast of Chili. There he had touched for water... Please Note: This book is easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable.

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Herman Melville set sail on a whaler at age 18. On his return he wrote several bestselling adventure novels. Starting with Moby-Dick however, his work became increasingly complex and drew more and more criticism until, in 1857, after The Confidence Man, Melville stopped publishing fiction. He drifted into obscurity, working for the Customs House in New York until his death.



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