Edwards in 1856 in the United States. A British edition followed shortly afterwards. Except for the title story, The Piazza, all of the stories had appeared in Putnam's Monthly the years before. It was the only such collection published during Melville's lifetime. Originally, Melville had intended to entitle the volume Benito Cereno and Other Sketches, but it was The Encantadas, his sketches of the Gal pagos Islands, that garnered the most attention from critics. Even though The Piazza Tales received largely favorable reviews, it did not sell well enough to get Melville out of his financial straights. - Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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January 21, 2010
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