Frederick Douglass & Hermann Melville: Essays in Relation

Robert Levine, Editor, with Samuel Otter
University of North Carolina Press, 2008

Douglass and Melville addressed in their writings a range of issues that continue to resonate in American culture: the reach and limits of democracy; the nature of freedom; the roles of race, gender, and sexuality; and the place of the United States in the world. Yet they are rarely discussed together. In eighteen original essays, the contributors to this collection explore the convergences and divergences of these two extraordinary literary lives.