Chronicle Books has published several Pantone color books, including "35 Inspirational Color Palettes." Although the book hit shelves in May, HuffPo Books was recently inspired by it -- inspired to ask Chronicle to match some of its palettes with famous authors.
The result is 13 sets of four colors, each matched to a different writer.
The palette Snug Harbor, above, is paired with Herman Melville. Chronicle seems right on the money with the nautical colors -- Safe Harbor, Farmyard Red, Homeward Horizon and Friendly Seas -- but I'm not entirely sure that Melville would have found them to be a "calm comfort." Melville seems like a man who found little comfort, calm or otherwise.
In his own lifetime, Melville's writing career started high and then slid, forcing him into financial straits and a day job he hated. His onetime friend Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote that Melville "no doubt has suffered from too constant literary occupation, pursued without much success, latterly; and his writings, for a long while past, have indicated a morbid state of mind." Only in the 20th century did Melville's "Moby-Dick" come to be seen as a classic of American literature -- that, perhaps, would have given the author comfort.