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Undergraduate Institution: Northwestern University, English
Graduate Institution: Northwestern University, English
Research Focus: Herman Melville Scholar
Mary K. Bercaw Edwards has taught Literature of the Sea for the Williams-Mystic and the Maritime Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. An internationally-known Herman Melville scholar, she serves as an editor for Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. Bercaw Edwards is the author of Melville’s Sources (Northwestern University Press) and Cannibal Old Me: Spoken Sources in Melville’s Early Works (Kent State University Press) and the co-editor of Wilson Heflin, Herman Melville’s Whaling Years (Vanderbilt University Press). She is presently at work on a book entitled Sailor Talk: Labor, Utterance, and Meaning in the Works of Melville, Conrad, and London. Bercaw Edwards spends her summers working high aloft on Mystic Seaport Museum’s square-rigged ships. A Coast Guard-licensed captain, she has 58,000 miles at sea, all under sail.