Broken Hearths: Melville's Israel Potter and the Bunker Hill Monument

@article{Hay2016BrokenHM,
  title={Broken Hearths: Melville's Israel Potter and the Bunker Hill Monument},
  author={John Hay},
  journal={The New England Quarterly},
  year={2016},
  volume={89},
  pages={192-221}
}
When he dedicated Israel Potter to the Bunker Hill Monument, Herman Melville gestured to an eminent national memorial which took so long to build that it appeared to be in ruins before it was finished. Melville's novel addresses the temporal quirks of both patriotic communal commemoration and posthumous personal recognition. 

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