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Call Me Ishmael - Charles Olson

Call Me Ishmael

By: Charles Olson, Merton M. Sealts (Afterword by)

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Published: 30th October 1997
For Ages: 18+ years old
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First published in 1947, this acknowledged classic of American literary criticism explores the influences -- especially Shakespearean ones -- on Melville's writing of Moby-Dick. One of the first Melvilleans to advance what has since become known as the "theory of the two Moby-Dicks," Olson argues that there were two versions of Moby-Dick, and that Melville's reading King Lear for the first time in between the first and second versions of the book had a profound impact on his conception of the saga: "the first book did not contain Ahab," writes Olson, and "it may not, except incidentally, have contained Moby-Dick." If literary critics and reviewers at the time responded with varying degrees of skepticism to the "theory of the two Moby-Dicks," it was the experimental style and organization of the book that generated the most controversy.

Not only important, but apocalyptic. * New York Herald Tribune * One of the most stimulating essays ever written on Moby Dick, and for that matter on any piece of literature, and the forces behind it. * San Francisco Chronicle * Olson has been a tireless student of Melville and every Melville lover owes him a debt for his Scotland Yard pertinacity in getting on the trail of Melville's dispersed library. -- Lewis Mumford * New York Times *

Prologuep. 3
Fact
Call me Ishmaelp. 11
What Lies Underp. 16
Usufructp. 26
Source: Shakespeare
The Discovery of Moby-Dickp. 35
American Shilohp. 41
Man, to Manp. 44
King Learp. 47
A Moby-Dick Manuscriptp. 52
Captain Ahab and His Foolp. 59
The Actp. 64
Dromenonp. 77
The Book of the Law of the Bloodp. 81
Loss: Christp. 89
A Last Factp. 109
The Conclusion: Pacific Manp. 113
Afterword: On Olson and Melvillep. 121
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ISBN: 9780801857317
ISBN-10: 0801857317
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 164
Published: 30th October 1997
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.24