Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

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Acclaimed by D. H. Lawrence as "the greatest book of the sea ever written," Melville's 1851 epic Moby Dick is a rich work brimming with imagery well worth the commitment to reading. We encourage you to read Moby Dick as essentially two books fused into one volume. In this book you will feel the tension between the material world (the societal and economic realities of whaling) and the fleeting ethereal world (Ahab’s quest, observations by the crew and the nature of the sea itself).

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Melville’s Moby Dick endures as a literary classic because it explores foundational themes such as the battle of good versus evil, man’s quest to conquer nature, racism and obsession. Moby Dick however explores these themes with a combination of pluck, humor and exhaustive explorations of whaling culture and vocation. Melville has also crafted a progenitor of the “epic male novel” which would later influence the works of Hemmingway and Ellison. The encyclopedic diversion contained in the book are structurally echoed in Jeanette Winterson’s Written on the Body. Moby Dick is a rich work brimming with imagery well worth the commitment to reading.


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- FIC000000 Fiction : General
- FIC004000 Fiction : Classics
- FIC019000 Fiction : Literary