June 02 , 2010

Moby Dick


Moby Dick has become one of the most widely read and influential books ever written. 

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It reveals the astounding range, subtlety, artistry, and depth of thought of a true literary colossus, Herman Melville.


Published in hundreds of editions and translated into virtually every modern language, it has not been out of print since 1851.


● Contains extended historical context and a critical essay: Herman Melville: Living Life in Reverse.  A Cultural and Historical Perspective of the author’s life, by Emily Whitson Barzumi


Moby Dick is one of Herman Melville’s rare and genuine masterpieces; an enchanting work of artistry deserving of the label in a thousand different ways.  It can be found on countless lists of the finest literary works of all time, and is one of his major achievements.

“Drink Ye Harpooners! Death to Moby Dick!”

With that fateful cry, Captain Ahab drags his crew to fulfill his insane obsession: the destruction of the great White Whale known as Moby Dick.

To Captain Ahab, the creature that took his leg is not just a whale; it is the embodiment of pure evil.

Brimming with powerful imagery and symbolism, its intensity sustained by roguish irony and moments of exquisite beauty, Melville's masterpiece is both a great American epic and one of the most profoundly imaginative creations in literary history. It has thrilled readers for over one hundred years.


HERMAN MELVILLE (1819–1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, poet, sailor, and customs inspector. The author of numerous classic novels, essays, and short stories, he is perhaps best known for Moby Dick, Typee, The Confidence Man, Redburn, Clarel, Bartleby, the Scrivener, and Billy Budd. He is considered a literary colossus, and a central figure in the development of the modern novel. 

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