Elizabeth Shaw Melville (1822–1906), U.S. letter writer, wife of U.S. author Herman Melville. As quoted in The Life of Poetry, ch. 1, by Muriel Rukeyser (1949).
Written in a letter to her mother. Melville (1819-1891) wrote in several forms but was known chiefly for his novels; of those, Moby-Dick (1851) was his masterpiece, though it was not immediately appreciated by the public. In the last three decades of his life, he published a number of poetic works.