07/19/2011 12:43 pm ET Updated Sep 18, 2011

Herman Melville's Lifetime Earnings

Note: This chart does not represent Melville’s entire literary production. It does not list earnings for the magazine articles or for Israel Potter, The Piazza Tales, and The Confidence-Man, for which surviving records are incomplete; nor does it give figures for the volumes of poetry that were published at private expense.

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