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Moby-Dick: or, The Whale

Category: Book
Introduction By: Hardwick, Elizabeth
Introduction By: Kent, Rockwell
By (author): Melville, Herman
Series: Modern Library Classics
Subject:  FICTION / Classics
  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Sea Stories
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Published: October 2000
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 896
Size: 7.96in x 5.15in x 1.50in
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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.

Review Quote*"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
Biographical NoteElizabeth 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.