1797 - the Mediterranean. Britain and France are at war. British warships are fighting French warships. Young Billy Budd arrives on the British warship, Indomitable. Billy is strong and handsome. Most of the sailors on the ship like Billy. But he has an enemy - John Claggart, the master-at-arms. Claggart hates Billy. And he has a plan. He will make trouble for the young sailor. Retold by Margaret Tarner.
The Exceptionalist State and the State of Exception – Herman Melville?s Billy Budd, Sailor
Found unpublished on Herman Melville's desk at the time of his death, Billy Budd, Sailor would emerge, after its publication in 1924, as one of the author's best-loved books--and one of his most open, with its discussion of homosexualty. One of the major works of American literature.
Billy and his sister want new bicycles, but they don't have any money. Then their grandmother has an idea. There's a competition in Palace magazine. The first prize is ?500. 'What do you think?' Billy asks his sister. 'We can buy two new bicycles for ?500,' she says.