Herman Melville’s Allegory of America’s Spiritual Awakening

by Thea Wirsching, author of The American Renaissance Tarot Herman Melville’s short story, “The Apple-Tree Table; or, Original Spiritual Manifestations,” first appeared in Putnam’s Monthly Magazine in May of 1856.  It’s certainly not one of Melville’s most famous stories, but I’ve chosen to discuss it here because it functions so well as an allegory of the spiritual “New Age” that dawned in mid-nineteenth-century America.  My new publication with REDFeather Mind, Body, Spirit, The American Renaissance…