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After the commercial and critical failure of Pierre, Melville had difficulty finding a publisher for his follow-up novel, Israel Potter. Instead, this narrative of a Revolutionary War veteran was serialized in Putnam’s Monthly Magazine in 1853. From November 1853 to 1856, Melville published fourteen tales and sketches in Putnam’s and Harper’s magazines. In December 1855 he proposed to Dix & Edwards, the new owners of Putnam’s, that they publish a selective collection of the short fiction. The collection, The Piazza Tales, was named after a new introductory story Melville wrote for it, “The Piazza”. It also contained five previously published stories, including “Bartleby, the Scrivener” and “Benito Cereno”. On March 2, 1855, the Melvilles’ fourth child, Frances (Fanny), was born. In this period his book Israel Potter was published.