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Maurice Sendak’s rare, wildly sensual illustrations for Herman Melville’s greatest commercial failure and most personally beloved book (“featuring 27 discernible nipples and 11 male ‘packages,’ three of which unclothed”), plus the story of how Melville took vengeance on his publishers for offering him a humiliating contract.

Maurice Sendak’s rare, wildly sensual illustrations for Herman Melville’s greatest commercial failure and most personally beloved book (“featuring 27 discernible nipples and 11 male ‘packages,’ three of which unclothed”), plus the story of how Melville took vengeance on his publishers for offering him a humiliating contract.

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