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A work tantalizingly subversive, and yet somehow if not affirming at least forgiving of the blind destructiveness of human nature and of nature itself.

-Elizabeth Hardwick

Moby-Dick is one of the great epics of all literature. Captain Ahab's hunt for the white whale drives the narrative at a relentless pace, while Ishmael's mediations on whales and whaling, on the sublime indifference of nature, and on the grimy details of the extraction of oil provide a reflective counterpoint to the headlong idolatrous quest. Sometimes read as a terrifying study of monomania or a critical inquiry into the sinister effects of reducing life to symbols, Moby-Dick also offers colorful and often comic glimpses of sea-faring life.

For almost thirty years, The Library of America has presented America's best and most significant writing in acclaimed hardcover editions. Now, a new series, Library of America Paperback Classics, offers attractive and affordable books that bring The Library of America's authoritative texts within easy reach of every reader. Each book features an introductory essay by one of a leading writer, as well as a detailed chronology of the author's life and career, an essay on the choice and history of the text, and notes.

The contents of this Paperback Classic are drawn from Herman Melville: Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick, volume number 9 in the Library of America series. It is joined in the series by two companion volumes, and together they present Melville's complete fiction.

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“Call me Ishmael.”

Thus begins one of the most famous journeys in literature—the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod and its embattled, monomaniacal Captain Ahab. Ishmael quickly learns that the Pequods captain sails for revenge against the elusive Moby Dick, a sperm whale with a snow-white hump and mottled skin that destroyed Ahabs former vessel and left him crippled. As the Pequod sails deeper through the nights and into the sea, the divisions between man and nature begin to blur—so do the lines between good and evil, as the fates of the ships crewmen become increasingly unclear....

Melvilles classic tale of obsession and the sea, one of the most important and enduring masterworks of nineteenth-century literature, Moby Dick is a riveting drama, exploring rage, hope, destiny, and the deepest questions of moral truth.

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Born in New York City in 1819, Herman Melville died in 1891, at which point his work had been largely forgotten. He has since been recognized as one of America’s greatest writers. His metaphysical whaling novel, Moby Dick, is one of literature’s most enduring works of art. His shorter works, including Billy Budd, Bartleby, the Scrivener and Benito Cereno, are considered classics of the form.

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Gold Gato, May 4, 2012 (view all comments by Gold Gato)
Call me Hooked-On-Melville.

Some years ago - none of your business how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, except for good cappuccinos, I thought I would walkabout a little and see the bookstores of the world. It is a way I have of letting off the steam (from my cappuccinos), and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth (from my cappuccinos); whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul (which means more cappuccinos); whenever I find myself asking what the hell is Alec Baldwin tweeting about now, and finding myself bringing up the rear of Facebook usage; and especially whenever my hypos (say what?) get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately reaching over, and knocking that iPhone down the loud iPerson's throat - then, I account it high time to get thee to a bookstore as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball (and cappuccinos).

Call me Ishmael. Damn!

I love Melville, if only for the fact that he knows how to use semi-colons.Check out his aching poetry to "cathedral-topping" Lima, "the strangest, saddest city thou can'st see". Like, where did that come from? Taken the white veil.

Yeah, that whale is there, too.

Call me a Masterpiece.

Book Season = Year Round (seriously, a classic for your bucket list)
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ISBN:
9780062085641
Author:
Melville, Herman
Publisher:
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20110607
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1.52 in 10.4 oz

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"Synopsis" by , “Call me Ishmael.”

Thus begins one of the most famous journeys in literature—the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod and its embattled, monomaniacal Captain Ahab. Ishmael quickly learns that the Pequods captain sails for revenge against the elusive Moby Dick, a sperm whale with a snow-white hump and mottled skin that destroyed Ahabs former vessel and left him crippled. As the Pequod sails deeper through the nights and into the sea, the divisions between man and nature begin to blur—so do the lines between good and evil, as the fates of the ships crewmen become increasingly unclear....

Melvilles classic tale of obsession and the sea, one of the most important and enduring masterworks of nineteenth-century literature, Moby Dick is a riveting drama, exploring rage, hope, destiny, and the deepest questions of moral truth.

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