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ISBN13: 9780679783275
ISBN10: 067978327x
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Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick

Illustrations by Rockwell Kent

First published in 1851, Herman Melville’s masterpiece is, in Elizabeth Hardwick’s words, “the greatest novel in American literature.” The saga of Captain Ahab and his monomaniacal pursuit of the white whale remains a peerless adventure story but one full of mythic grandeur, poetic majesty, and symbolic power. Filtered through the consciousness of the novel’s narrator, Ishmael, Moby-Dick draws us into a universe full of fascinating characters and stories, from the noble cannibal Queequeg to the natural history of whales, while reaching existential depths that excite debate and contemplation to this day.

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Don't let the size and reputation of this book scare you away from one of the most satisfying, exciting, and enlightening books you will ever come across! Melville's Moby Dick is, hands down, my all-time favorite book, and the first recommendation I give to anyone who asks me what they should read next.
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"Responsive to the shaping forces of his age as only men of passionate imagination are, even Melville can hardly have been fully aware of how symbolical an American hero he had fashioned in Ahab." F. O. Matthiessen

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October 18, 2001, marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the greatest novel in American literature. The Modern Library trade paperback edition exclusively features the timeless illustrations of Rockwell Kent, an Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick, commentary by Herman Melville and William T. Porter, contemporary reviews from John Bull and The Critic, endnotes, and a reading group guide.

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Elizabeth Hardwick (1916–2007) is the author of many books and essays, including Herman Melville (Penguin Lives), American Fictions, and Seduction and Betrayal: Women and Literature.

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Beverly Nelson, July 7, 2012 (view all comments by Beverly Nelson)

Moby Dick: astoundingly contemporary, transgressive / subversive / innovative even by today's standards, nothing you would have imagined from the clichés attached to it or the film (as good a film as it is, it is not the book). Witty, hilarious, mysterious, homoerotic, suspenseful, philosophical, political, scientific, historical, a social commentary as relevant today as it was in 1851....Melville defied all standards and wrote the way he wanted to, about what he loved, despite rejection. He was ahead of his time, a literary inventor and revolutionary. The result is a "story" that will harpoon you to the back of a white whale and give you the thrill of a lifetime!

Take my advice and go read it now!

Bon voyage!



And if allowed, I'd like to also recommend a book for after you're finished: Dan Beachy-Quick's A Whaler's Dictionary, sold also here at Powell's and published by Milkweed.

Beverly Nelson


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MelvilleLover, October 22, 2009 (view all comments by MelvilleLover)
Intense, wordy, passionate... everything whale. No other novel like it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679783275
Author:
Melville, Herman
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Hardwick, Elizabeth
Introduction:
Hardwick, Elizabeth
Illustrator:
Kent, Rockwell
Author:
Hardwick, Elizabeth
Author:
Kent, Rockwell
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Sea & Ocean
Subject:
Mentally ill
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Epic literature
Subject:
Whales
Subject:
Whaling
Subject:
Sea stories
Subject:
Allegories
Subject:
Ahab, Captain
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
2000
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
231
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
267 BandW ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
896
Dimensions:
8 x 5.1 x 1.4 in 1.325 lb

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Product details 896 pages Modern Library - English 9780679783275 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Responsive to the shaping forces of his age as only men of passionate imagination are, even Melville can hardly have been fully aware of how symbolical an American hero he had fashioned in Ahab."
"Synopsis" by , October 18, 2001, marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of the greatest novel in American literature. The Modern Library trade paperback edition exclusively features the timeless illustrations of Rockwell Kent, an Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick, commentary by Herman Melville and William T. Porter, contemporary reviews from John Bull and The Critic, endnotes, and a reading group guide.
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