Averting the Captain Vere 'Veer': Billy Budd as Melville's Republican Response to Plato

Rob E. Atkinson
2008 Social Science Research Network  
This article shows how Melville's Billy Budd, rightly one of law and literature's most widely studied canonical texts, answers Plato's challenge in Book X of the Republic: Show how "poets" create better citizens,
doi:10.2139/ssrn.1136260 fatcat:gnpwlv5mcfeq3ni73j37g6yd5u