Billy Budd by Herman Melville, 3rd Scholastic paperback printing, T510, 1968, 152 pages. Unabridged.
DESCRIPTION:“Against the somber background of war and rebellion, three men act out this tragic conflict between the forces of good and evil.
Claggart– the vicious, depraved master-at-arms- cruelly torments a trusting, innocent sailor. Goaded beyond endurance, Billy Budd strikes Claggart down with one fateful blow. Is Billy guilty of murder? Captain Vere is torn between human sympathy and a sense of duty, between his love for Billy and his fear of a mutinous crew.
The final short masterpiece of a giant in American literature, Billy Budd has inspired a powerful drama and film.” (from the back cover)