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Herman Melville was born in New York City on August 1, 1819.
* He was the third of eight children.
* His father died when he was 12 years old.
* He worked as a sailor for several years, including on a whaling ship.
* He published his first novel, Typee, in 1846.
* His most famous novel, Moby-Dick, was published in 1851.
* He died in New York City on September 28, 1891.
* He is considered one of the greatest American authors.
* His work is still studied and enjoyed today.