Coppin State University Professor Discovers New Work by Moby Dick Author, Herman Melville

Humanities Professor
Dr. Roger Stritmatter
Published Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Professor Stritmatter believes he has discovered a manuscript by the famed author

Baltimore, MD (October 16, 2018) – Coppin State University professor, Dr. Roger Stritmatter believes that he has discovered new work by noted author, Herman Melville. The work in question is a communication believed to be written by Melville to his terminally-ill brother, Gansevoort.

Dr. Stritmatter, a humanities professor that teaches composition, will provide a first look and discussion of the 1846 correspondence to an audience during Coppin State University’s Charles Pryor Lecture Series.  The lecture series, named after a former Coppin English professor, offers the university’s academic community an opportunity to introduce and discuss scholarly research.

After nearly a decade of research, Stritmatter says that all of the evidence points to, “Forensic, literary, biographical and linguistic,” support of the manuscript known as the Hydrarchos MS.

The manuscript in question has already undergone four previous studies by the University of Buffalo Cedar-Fox forensics lab who support the attribution.  Stritmatter has published his own detailed account of the forensic evidence of the document in the 2017 issue of the Journal of Forensic Document Examination, the peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Forensic Document Examiners. 

Stritmatter hopes to bring the evidence to the larger community of Melville scholars at the 12th International Melville Society Conference at New York University June 17-20, 2019.

The Charley Pryor Lecture Series is free and open to the public. The lecture will take place at Coppin State University in the Cab Calloway room of the Parlett Moore Library between 3:00-5:00 p.m.

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