Billy Budd, Sailor

by Herman Melville

Cheerful, hardworking, and handsome, Billy is pressed into naval service aboard a British ship during the Napoleonic wars. The innocent and lovable young man quickly wins the hearts of all his comrades, save one: Claggart, the implacably bitter master-at-arms, who falsely accuses Billy of inciting mutiny.

Rich in ambiguities, Herman Melville's haunting parable of the clash between good and evil raises thought-provoking issues related to the conflict between the requirements of the law and the needs of humanity.

First Published: 1891

Genres, Series & More

My Library

Want It???
Got It???
On Deck???
In Progress???
Read It???


Purchase New

Format: Paperback

Available from:



Purchase Used & Rare*

Billy Budd, Sailor
Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 9781416523727      ISBN 10: 1416523723
Publisher: Simon & Schuster  2006

Min: $1.00
Max: $59.17
Median: $5.52
# Books: 91

Billy Budd, Sailor
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780486813639      ISBN 10: 0486813630
Publisher: Dover Publications  2017

Min: $1.97
Max: $18.88
Median: $4.48
# Books: 40


Also by Herman Melville

* The Vintage Library receives a small affiliate fee for all qualified sales from our product providers.
We appreciate your support!



Vintage Library at is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores.