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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1961. Department of English.
My aim is to study several of Melville’s major works of fiction in the light a pamphlet called “Chronometricals and Horologicals”, which purports to be by one Plotinus Plinlimmon in Melville’s novel Pierre: or The Ambiguities. In my view of Melville’s works, this pamphlet is as near a statement of the author’s philosophy (as dramatized in his works) as can be formulated. I do not maintain that a study of the relationship of the pamphlet to the works will reveal the whole “truth” about the “meaning” of Melville’s fiction, but I do think that it will show a significant thematic pattern.
Advisor: James E. Miller, Jr.