Pierre’s Nominal Conversions

  title={Pierre’s Nominal Conversions},
  author={Elizabeth Duquette},
“Herman Melville Crazy” opined a reviewer for the New York Day Book after reading Pierre; or, the Ambiguities (1852)—and this would prove one of the more charitable judgments of a book Melville had hoped would be popular and profitable (Bercovitch 1986, 32). Reviewers recoiled from its seeming impiety and licentiousness. “A BAD book!” George Washington Peck shrilled in the American Whig Review (1852, 446). What is perhaps most striking about the Pierre reviews is the extravagant concern… CONTINUE READING