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The Dark Truth of "The Piazza Tales"

Scott Donaldson
PMLA
Vol. 85, No. 5 (Oct., 1970), pp. 1082-1086
DOI: 10.2307/1261549
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1261549
Page Count: 5
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The Dark Truth of "The Piazza Tales"
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Abstract

Although a collection of stories, "The Piazza Tales" achieve unity by revealing Herman Melville's pessimistic state of mind during the early 1850's. Three persistent concerns of the author run through the six stories that make up the book: the difficulty of human perception, artistic and otherwise; the dangers of human isolation; and the catastrophic effects of human servitude.

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