New York in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Birthplace of Herman Melville
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 40° 42.19′ N, 74° 0.842′ W. Marker was in New York, New York, in New York County. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 6 Pearl Street, Manhattan, New York NY 10004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. New York Unearthed / The Shrine of Elizabeth Ann Seton (within shouting distance of this marker); John Wolfe Ambrose (within shouting distance of this marker); Watson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort George (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Petrus Stuyvesant’s Great House (about 400 feet away); This Ancient Cannon (about 400 feet away); American Merchant Marine (about 500 feet away); The Sphere (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
More about this marker. In the plexiglas-covered niche to the right of the marker is a casting of Melville’s head by William N. Beckwith.
A whole new panel must have been installed,
Regarding Birthplace of Herman Melville. From his Wikipedia entry: “Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist and poet. He was classified as a Dark Romantic. His first three books gained much attention, the first becoming a bestseller, but after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten (despite a vogue for his early sea novels in Great Britain in the 1880s), but his longest novel, Moby-Dick won recognition in the 20th century as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature. His posthumous novella Billy Budd, first published in 1924 and then in a revised and corrected text in 1962 based on a close study of the original manuscripts, rivals Moby-Dick in popularity, and in particular has become a key text of the field of law and literature.”
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2009, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York. This page has been viewed 1,340 times since then and 26 times this year. Last updated on August 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1. submitted on April 26, 2009, by Erik Lander of Brooklyn, New York. 2. submitted on May 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 3. submitted on December 13, 2011, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 4. submitted on May 23, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5. submitted on December 13, 2011, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 6. submitted on April 26, 2009. 7. submitted on August 15, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.