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Publisher's Summary

If you don't know Melville's letters to Hawthorne, you don't know Melville. These letters are full of passion, humor, doubt, and spiritual yearning, and offer an intimate view of Melville's personality. Lyrical and effusive, they are literary works in themselves. This correspondence has been out of print for decades, and even when it was in print it appeared in scholarly volumes of Melville's complete correspondence, aimed at the academy. The Divine Magnet will provide the general literary public as well as the college classroom with a reliable and beautifully produced volume of Melville's letters to Hawthorne, along with supplemental material, highlighting the relationship between these luminaries of American letters.

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Incredible Correspondence captured!

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This literally seems like it was recorded at the time. Love the attention to detail and the period dialect. Well done to the narrator. Loved it.

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Divinely beautiful

Such an amazing piece of history. I was always a Moby Dick fan, but this makes me obsessed with Melville in general. Great!

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Must Read Melville

Intimate letters between Melville and Hawthorne. I'm a big fan of both so it's is a big deal. If you like literary history, period pieces or just damn fine writing go and get this book.

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Really Special

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I'm a big fan of Melville and this just completes me somehow. Totally nerded out with this. Thanks, Talking Book!

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Melville At His Best

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Personal and extremely well-narrated. This book is magical and really well done. Great production and narrator.

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Hooray! Love Melville!

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So good. Must have for any Melville fan. Narration is amazing. It's like he's talking to you. 5 stars.

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Magical Narration

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A must have for any Melville fan. Amazing narration from the reader. really felt sucked into the time.

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Must have for any Melville Fan

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I don't generally listen to books like this but what the hell! It was great. Transported back through time.

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Melville Fans!

If you love Melville, Historical letters or even just have a Moby Dick curiosity, this is a insanely fascinating book of Melville's letters to Hawthorne. Meskimen is one of my favorite narrators.

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A must for any Melville fan

Where does The Divine Magnet rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Jim Meskimen does an incredible job capturing the spirit of the period.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Melville himself

What does Jim Meskimen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This is a one of a kind performance.