The 'New' Herman Melville

To the Editor:

The University of Delaware's Hershel Parker is perhaps right to worry that recent revelations regarding Herman Melville's unhappy home life could well get him kicked off many a course syllabus ("The 'New' Melville," April 6).

But in trying to relate to his concern, I couldn't help but remember something another Delaware professor used to say way back when I was in his class. "Study writing, not writers," was his sage advice. "Writers will only break your