Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. He worked as a crew member on several vessels beginning in 1839, his experiences spawning his successful early novels Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847). Subsequent books, included his masterpiece Moby-Dick (1851). Following his death in New York City in 1891, he posthumously came to be regarded as one of the great American writers. Author Residence- Author is deceased. Christophe ChaboutU studied Fine Arts in both AngoulUme and Strasbourg. His first work appeared in the magazine Suivre and in a collective album about Arthur Rimbaud in the collectin Les RUcits of Vents d'Ouest. His real debut was in 1998, when he produced Sorciores at Le TUmUnaire publishers. This was followed by Quelques Jours d' tU and Un lot de Bonheur, which were published by the Swiss Paquet publishers. Back at Soleil, he conceived ZoU in 1999, Pleine Lune in 2000, La BUte in 2001 and the Purgatoire series from 2003. ChaboutU has also collaborated on a collective album about LUo FerrU.