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Melville’s Arrowhead

November 8, 2015

Herman Melville lived for 12 years at this farm in Pittsfield, MA.  It was here that he wrote a number of his stories, including Moby Dick.

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens Edited in LR and ON1

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens
Edited in LR and ON1

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens Edited in LR

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens
Edited in LR

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens Edited in LR and PSE

Nikon D90, 18-200 lens
Edited in LR and PSE

This is the the view from Melville’s study, where he did his writing. It is said that the view of Mt. Greylock inspired his tale of a whale. Although that seems to be a story and one without a lot of supporting evidence, he dedicated his next novel, Pierre, to the mountain and his short story “The Piazza” starts at Arrowhead and journeys to Mt. Greylock.  His collection of short stories, The Piazza Tales, was named after his porch at Arrowhead.

Melville as not making a living by writing, and was not recognized for being a great writer during his life. He sold Arrowhead due to mounting debt and the need to find employment. He moved his family to New York City and took a job as a customs inspector. The home passed through a number of hands until being obtained by the Berkshire Historical Society in 1975.

References:

http://berkshirehistory.org/herman-melville-arrowhead/

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2 Comments
  1. Very nicely composed shot of the house. The view out of the window is incredible. If the house comes up for sale…

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    • Thanks Ivor. I’m not sure they are planning on putting it up for sale, and if it was you wouldn’t want the hassle associated with owning an officially designated historic home!

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