Friday Fun Facts – Herman Melville and the South Seas

In 1842, Herman Melville served on an American whaling ship. While in the Polynesian Marquesas Islands, he was taken captive by some of the native people. He was held for about a month. On this day, he escaped. He said that his whaling experience was “more than a little unnerving and fraught with right much unpleasantness.” However, he used it as the setting of his most successful novels. He’s best known for Moby Dick.

PLEASE COMMENT: Have you ever used travel experiences as the setting or as inspiration for your writing? How did you use them?

I’ll start. I’ve travelled to Colorado several times. It’s one of my favorite places. I used it as the setting for two as of yet unpublished novels.


Posted on August 9, 2013, in fiction, Fun Facts, inspiration, nonfiction, poetry, writer's life, writing, writing ideas and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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