|Title page to Syracuse's facsimile reprint|
Recently, I returned to Miller's book to see how much of it, if anything, I retained after thirty-odd years. It is now available in a paperback facsimile reprint by Syracuse University Press (with a new and very unappealing cover) and can also be found in Google books, surprisingly.
I did not retain much, as it turns out. I can put my finger on only two things: Miller's map of the overall flow of Melville's output, and his interpretation of White Jacket's discarding his coat as an affirmation of "involvement" in the human condition.
"Something further may follow this Masquerade" -- tomorrow, perhaps.