Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile

Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile


Publisher: G. Routledge
Number of pages: 202

Based on the of an actual soldier who claimed to have fought at Bunker Hill, Israel Potter is unique among Herman Melville’s books: a in the guise of a . In telling the of Israel Potter’s fall from Revolutionary hero to peddler on the streets of London, where he obtained a livelihood by crying ‘Old Chairs to Mend’, Melville alternated between invented scenes and historical episodes…

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