Leben mit Herman Melville

With kings and counselors

with 6 comments

Update for 116²:

There has died and been buried in this city, during the current week, at an advanced age, a man who is so little known, even by name, to the generation now in the vigor of life that only one newspaper contained an obituary account of him, and this was but of three or four lines.

The New York Times about The New York Times, October 2, 1891
(with “Hiram Melville” corrected to “Herman Melville”),

Wade Shepard, The grave of Herman Melville in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY, October 2008, Wikimedia Commons

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891.

An offering of Baleine salt at Herman Melville's grave, Vagabond Journey

Herman Melville designed his own tombstone with the blank scroll. The box on the stone is an offering of Baleine Salt, Seasalt Coarse Crystals, made by Wade Shepard from Vagabond Journey, whose documentary photograph was relevant enough for Wikipedia.

Find a Grave

Woodlawn Cemetery, Herman Melville’s last repose in the Bronx, where he never lived, does not feature any memorial about him or his neighbours Duke Ellington and Miles Davis, save the foundation order for his gravelot.

In post-Claudius-Ptolemyan navigation, Herman Melville’s grave is on
40° 53′ 32.94” Northern Latitude,
73° 52′ 02.91” Western Longitude:

Herman Melville on Woodlawn Cemetery, Google Earth

Visit MuseumPlanet and Herman Melville’s obituary notices!

Images: MuseumPlanet: Woodlawn Cemetery Entrance;
Wade Shepard: The grave of Herman Melville in Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NY, October 2008;
An offering of Baleine salt at Herman Melville’s grave: Vagabond Journey;
Foundation order for Lot of Herman Melville: Woodlawn Cemetery Lot Cards, 1910;
Rebecca for Find a Grave;
Google Earth.

Written by Wolf

28. September 2010 at 12:01 am

Posted in Meeresgrund

6 Responses

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  1. Hello,

    Enjoyed the article, and thank you for including a back link to along with the inclusion of the photo. My name is Wade Shepard and I am the editor of the site and the one who took the above photo. It is completely alright that you used it, but I have no idea who Hanna Li is. She has nothing to do with, nor the photo (except she may have put it up on Wikipedia or something haha). Could you please just alter the photo credit here.


    Wade Shepard


    28. September 2010 at 2:57 pm

  2. Hello Wade,

    thank you for appreciation and close attention!

    HannaLi is credited in Wikipedia with “Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:HannaLi using CommonsHelper.(Original text : I created this work entirely by myself.)” But of course, I believe you here ;) The credit is altered.


    29. September 2010 at 6:01 am

  3. Reale Melancholie.

    Und jetzt weiß ich noch einen Grund, warum ich Google Earth zunehmend liebgewinne. Weils nun nicht nur hilft, Parkplätze in unbekannten Ecken auszumachen, sondern auch noch, dass meine Anfälligkeit für alte Friedhöfe, die seit Zopfgörenzeiten anhält, sich in ihrer ganzen Weite lichtet. :o)


    4. October 2010 at 1:21 am

  4. Thanks Wolf,

    Really appreciate it. Excellent site, by the way. It is good to see another person completely into Moby Dick.

    Wade |

    4. October 2010 at 2:55 am

  5. @ Hex: Deine rumgezeigten Zopfmädelfriedhöfe (huiui, keine Angst vor Determinanden & Determinaten…) sind definitiv schöner als der in der Welpenerinnerung. Auf dem gabs bloß einen sadistisch-naturalistischen übermannsgroßen Jesus, der nicht halb so hippiesk dreinschauen konnte wie deiner. Und wehe, das Unkraut stund so hoch, dass es schon sichtbar wurde. Der Wärter, der einen so hausmeistermäßig “Dich krieg ich auch noch” anschaute, hätte seinen Platz prae mortem aberkannt :o)

    @ Wade: Thanks again! We are even quite a bunch of people into Moby-Dick. Our journey tends to be slow, but with dedication :o)

    I still found another Hanna Li up there. They are all revised now.


    4. October 2010 at 6:19 am

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