> > > Awesome! I decided to read the Melville book; I'm about
> > > halfway through. (It's available on Project Gutenberg for
> > > free.)
> > I should read that book. I hear its fantastic.
> I seem to remember hearing that it was a failure when it
> was originally published. I don't know if that's true now,
> whether it has become another classic, but I know that the
> audience didn't really take to it at first.
Sadly, that can happen. Even though it has taken off now, it is sad for the author. I notice that not only is there the Jim/Ray musical but there is also a "Confidence Man" opera from 1982 and a concept album from a rock band (I forgot their name).