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Melville, Herman

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishMelville, HermanHerman MelvilleMel‧ville, Her‧man /ˈmelvɪl, ˈhɜːmən $ ˈhɜːr-/  (1819–91) a US writer who wrote about his experiences as a sailor. His best-known book is moby-dick, one of the most famous American novels, which was also made into a well-known film. He also wrote Billy Budd, a story which Benjamin britten used in his opera of the same name.
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