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Moby Dick: Or the Whale (Modern Library)

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Publisher Comments:

Moby Dick is widely regarded as the Great American Novel, the measure of literary achievement that all subsequent American novels must contend with. The epic story of Captain Ahab's obsessive quest for the great white whale, told by Ishmael, through whose consciousness the narrative takes shape and meaning, has a Shakespearean grandeur and symbolic power. Melville's experiences as a sailor were drawn on for the witty and learned accounts of the practical details of the whaling industry and the natural history of the whale. This edition reproduces the illustrations and page design created by Rockwell Kent for Random House in 1930.

Review:

"In our own moment of horror and heroism, [Moby Dick] is a book more salient than ever — unflinchingly honest about the human capacity for hate and brutality, yet filled with an undiscourageable love of humanity." Andrew Delbanco, The New York Times Book Review

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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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"[Moby Dick] is one of the most moving myths ever imagined on man's fight against evil and on the irresistible logic which ends up by pitting the just man first against creation and the creator and later against his equals and against himself." Albert Camus

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Introduction by Larzer Ziff

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. When his father died, he was forced to leave school and find work. After passing through some minor clerical jobs, the eighteen-year-old young man shipped out to sea, first on a short cargo trip, then, at twenty-one, on a three-year South Sea whaling venture. From the experiences accumulated on this voyage would come the material for his early books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), as well as for such masterpieces as Moby Dick (1851), Pierre (1852), The Piazza Tales (1856) and Billy Budd, Sailor (posthumous, 1924).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679600107
Author:
Melville, Herman
Publisher:
Modern Library
Illustrator:
Kent, Rockwell
Author:
Kent, Rockwell
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Sea & Ocean
Subject:
Mentally ill
Subject:
Adventure stories
Subject:
Epic literature
Subject:
Whales
Subject:
Whaling
Subject:
Sea stories
Subject:
Allegories
Subject:
Whaling -- Fiction.
Subject:
Ahab, Captain
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
Modern Library ed.
Edition Description:
Modern Library Hardcover
Series:
Modern Library (Hardcover)
Series Volume:
0000
Publication Date:
19920931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
267 BandW ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
864
Dimensions:
7.53x6.43x1.65 in. 2.01 lbs.

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Product details 864 pages Modern Library - English 9780679600107 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In our own moment of horror and heroism, [Moby Dick] is a book more salient than ever — unflinchingly honest about the human capacity for hate and brutality, yet filled with an undiscourageable love of humanity."
"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."
"Review" by , "[Moby Dick] is one of the most moving myths ever imagined on man's fight against evil and on the irresistible logic which ends up by pitting the just man first against creation and the creator and later against his equals and against himself."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Introduction by Larzer Ziff

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