Israel Potter: His Fifty Years of Exile
by Herman Melville
Publisher: G. Routledge 1855
Number of pages: 202
Based on the life of an actual soldier who claimed to have fought at Bunker Hill, Israel Potter is unique among Herman Melville's books: a novel in the guise of a biography. In telling the story of Israel Potter's fall from Revolutionary War hero to peddler on the streets of London, where he obtained a livelihood by crying 'Old Chairs to Mend', Melville alternated between invented scenes and historical episodes...
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