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Benito Cereno, a story of atmospheric Gothic horror and striking political resonance, represents Herman Melville's most profound and unsettling engagement with the horrors of New World slavery. Narrating the story of a slave revolt using materials drawn from Amasa Delano's non-fictional account of the Tryal Rebellion from earlier in the nineteenth-century, Melville's story probes the moral complexities of the antebellum United States and its position within the Americas. Melville explores the psychology of slavery and ...

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