Moby-Dick – Herman Melville – Reviews and Excerpts

Herman Melville was born in New York City to wealthy parents of New English and Dutch origin. When his father died a bankrupt, Melville left school, aged 12, to work as a bank clerk. He attended night school and became a teacher before signing on as a merchant seaman. In 1841, he boarded the whaling ship Acushnet. After a year and a half, Melville jumped ship and spent a month among a tribe in the Marquesas Islands, before making his way home via Hawaii and Peru. In New York, he published several novels, to instant success. His meeting with Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, while he was writing Moby-Dick, was a pivotal moment and filled him with inspiration. Moby-Dick’s reception was mixed, and his following novel Pierre was a failure. Melville's reputation faded, and his later years were shadowed by his son's suicide and his own ill-health. He worked as an inspector in the New York Customs House for nearly 20 years until his death in 1891.

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Nov 22, 2010 · Hebraic and Biblical Elements in Herman Melville's Moby Dick

Hebraic and Biblical Elements in Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick

With its elemental simplicity of plot, its pathos and monumental action scenes, Moby-Dick is a breathtaking adventure. But its scope is so much greater than that. It is a vivid meditation on Melville's America, taking in the wider themes of nature, religion, society, war, history and civilisation. Moby-Dick is rich in symbols, from the biblical names of the characters to the great whale itself: part monster, part benign natural force and source of the oil that powers civilisation. Perhaps most wonderful is the poetry of Melville's language. From the ‘stately dramatic thee and thou of the Quaker idiom’ spoken by Ahab to the colourful jargon of the lower decks, he commands an astonishing range of registers. His words echo the humour of Dickens, the richness of Shakespeare and the cadences of the Bible, combined in an exhilarating style that is all Melville’s own.

The Life and Works of Herman Melville

Herman Melville's tale of the hunt for the white whale, Moby-Dick, is one of the greatest novels of all time. It is at once an adventure story of the high seas, and an exploration of the uncharted regions of the soul. Neglected in Melville’s day, Moby-Dick is now acknowledged as a sublime work of the imagination, an American Odyssey.

22/11/2010 · Hebraic and Biblical Elements in Herman Melville's Moby Dick
Herman Melville: Herman Melville, American novelist, short-story writer, and poet, best known for his masterpiece, Moby Dick (1851).

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Herman Melville's tale of the hunt for the white whale, Moby-Dick, is one of the greatest novels of all time. This limited edition contains the classic illustrations of Rockwell Kent.

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"I should have known from the reviews already posted that I would regret not ordering this volume as soon as it was listed as sold out a few years ago. However… in late June 2015 FS sent a round-robin email saying "when relocating books from our distribution centre in America, we discovered a small number of limited editions which we had thought out of print…". These included six copies of Moby-Dick, so no more hesitation! It is everything others have said, and more. The front cover — the white whale leaping amidst silvery plumes of water and stars against the black leather — is one of the most striking the Society has ever published, and the stark and robust 1930 Rockwell Kent illustrations adorn almost every other page — far more liberally than would ever have been possible for an illustrator specially commissioned for this edition. Moby-Dick is definitely the most splendid of the LEs published in this particular format. The typeface is generously large, with comfortably ample margins, and I look forward to getting to grips with the work along with the sizeable commentary by Harold Beaver. "

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"Don't let anyone tell you that Moby Dick unreadable. I flew through it. This little extract gives some idea of its warmth and good humour and its sublime prose. The basic idea is that whenever we think deep thoughts, vapours arise from our brains. And so it does with the whale when he thinks deep thoughts. "I am convinced that from the heads of all ponderous and profound beings, such as Plato, Pyrrho, the Devil, Jupiter, Dante and so on, there always goes up a certain semi-visible steam, while in the act of thinking deep thoughts. . . And how nobly it raises our conceit of the mighty, misty monster, to behold him sailing through a calm tropical sea; his vast, mild head overhung by a canopy of vapour, engendered by his incommunicable contemplations, and that vapour- as you will sometimes see it - glorified by a rainbow, as if Heaven itself had put its seal upon his thoughts."If what he says is correct, I reckon that Herman could have powered several steam baths. This edition is superbly designed with lovely large print. It's a joy to read. The companion volume gives background to the book's composition and explains obscure references etc, but my advice is to ignore it altogether and read this mighty novel as its first readers did and see for yourself why it's become a classic. "