Herman Melville (born Melvill;[a] August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer and poet of the American Renaissance period. Among his best-known works are Moby-Dick (1851), Typee (1846), a romanticized account of his experiences in Polynesia, and Billy Budd, Sailor, a posthumously published novella. Although his reputation was not high at the time of his death, the centennial of his birth in 1919 was the starting point of a Melville revival and Moby-Dick grew to be considered one of the great American novels.

Books in order of publication:

Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life1846
Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas1847
White Jacket or, the World in a Man-of-War1849
Redburn1849
Mardi and a Voyage Thither1849
Moby-Dick or, the Whale1851
Pierre; or, The Ambiguities1852
Bartleby the Scrivener1853
Billy Budd and Other Stories1853
In the Galapagos Islands with Herman Melville, the Encantadas or Enchanted Isles1854
The Maldive Shark1854
Benito Cereno1855
The Paradise of Bachelors and The Tartarus of Maids1855
Israel Potter1855
The Piazza Tales1856
The Confidence-Man1857
Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War: Civil War Poems1866