14 August 2015

NYC #21: Herman Melville, Woodlawn Cemetery (5), Bronx

Born August 1, 1819.
Died September 28, 1891.'
This is certainly one of the most visited graves in Woodlawn Cemetery, perhaps especially in recent years during which Melville's importance as a writer  – and a remarkably modern one at that – is being increasingly recognised. It's not exactly easy to locate though.
(And I have to add that we didn't manage to find Countee Cullen's grave, in spite of the location being indicated on the cemetery map: a pity, as that would have tied in with my Zora Neale Hurston excursion in Florida. James Weldon Johnson's grave (in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn) is to come shortly though!)

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