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Moby Dick : Wordsworth Classics - Herman Melville

Moby Dick

Wordsworth Classics

By: Herman Melville, David Herd (Introduction by), Dr. Keith Carabine (Editor)

Paperback Published: 5th May 1992
ISBN: 9781853260087
Number Of Pages: 544

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With an Introduction and Notes by David Herd, Lecturer in English and American Literature at the University of Kent at Canterbury and co-editor of 'Poetry Review'.

'Moby Dick' is the story of Captain Ahab's quest to avenge the whale that 'reaped' his leg. The quest is an obsession and the novel is a diabolical study of how a man becomes a fanatic.

But it is also a hymn to democracy. Bent as the crew is on Ahab's appalling crusade, it is equally the image of a co-operative community at work: all hands dependent on all hands, each individual responsible for the security of each.

Among the crew is Ishmael, the novel’s narrator, ordinary sailor, and extraordinary reader. Digressive, allusive, vulgar, transcendent, the story Ishmael tells is above all an education: in the practice of whaling, in the art of writing. Expanding to equal his 'mighty theme' – not only the whale but all things sublime – Melville breathes in the world’s great literature. Moby Dick is the greatest novel ever written by an American.

Industry Reviews

"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

Loomingsp. 14
The Carpet-Bagp. 18
The Spouter-Innp. 21
The Counterpanep. 33
Breakfastp. 36
The Streetp. 37
The Chapelp. 39
The Pulpitp. 42
The Sermonp. 44
A Bosom Friendp. 51
Nightgownp. 54
Biographicalp. 55
Wheelbarrowp. 57
Nantucketp. 61
Chowderp. 62
The Shipp. 65
The Ramadanp. 76
His Markp. 81
The Prophetp. 84
All Astirp. 86
Going Aboardp. 88
Merry Christmasp. 91
The Lee Shorep. 94
The Advocatep. 95
Postscriptp. 99
Knights and Squiresp. 99
Knights and Squiresp. 102
Ahabp. 105
Enter Ahab; to Him, Stubbp. 108
The Pipep. 110
Queen Mabp. 111
Cetologyp. 113
The Specksynderp. 123
The Cabin-Tablep. 125
The Mast-Headp. 130
The Quarter-Deckp. 135
Sunsetp. 141
Duskp. 142
First Night-Watchp. 143
Midnight, Forecastlep. 144
Moby Dickp. 149
The Whiteness of the Whalep. 157
Hark!p. 164
The Chartp. 165
The Affidavitp. 169
Surmisesp. 176
The Mat-Makerp. 178
The First Loweringp. 180
The Hyenap. 189
Ahab's Boat and Crew. Fedallahp. 190
The Spirit-Spoutp. 192
The Albatrossp. 195
The Gamp. 197
The Town-Ho's Storyp. 200
Of the Monstrous Pictures of Whalesp. 217
Of the Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales, and the True Pictures of Whaling Scenesp. 220
Of Whales in Paint; in Teeth; in Wood; in Sheet-iron; in Stone; in Mountains; in Starsp. 223
Britp. 225
Squidp. 227
The Linep. 229
Stubb Kills a Whalep. 232
The Dartp. 236
The Crotchp. 237
Stubb's Supperp. 238
The Whale as a Dishp. 245
The Shark Massacrep. 247
Cutting Inp. 248
The Blanketp. 250
The Funeralp. 252
The Sphynxp. 253
The Jeroboam's Storyp. 255
The Monkey-Ropep. 260
Stubb and Flask Kill a Right Whale; and Then Have a Talk over Himp. 263
The Sperm Whale's Head--Contrasted Viewp. 268
The Right Whale's Head--Contrasted Viewp. 271
The Battering-Ramp. 273
The Great Heidelburgh Tunp. 275
Cistern and Bucketsp. 277
The Prairiep. 280
The Nutp. 282
The Pequod Meets the Virginp. 284
The Honor and Glory of Whalingp. 293
Jonah Historically Regardedp. 295
Pitchpolingp. 297
The Fountainp. 298
The Tailp. 302
The Grand Armadap. 306
Schools and Schoolmastersp. 316
Fast-Fish and Loose-Fishp. 318
Heads or Tailsp. 321
The Pequod Meets the Rose-Budp. 324
Ambergrisp. 329
The Castawayp. 331
A Squeeze of the Handp. 334
The Cassockp. 337
The Try-Worksp. 338
The Lampp. 342
Stowing Down and Clearing Upp. 342
The Doubloonp. 344
Leg and Arm. The Pequod, of Nantucket, Meets the Samuel Enderby, of Londonp. 349
The Decanterp. 355
A Bower in the Arsacidesp. 358
Measurement of the Whale's Skeletonp. 362
The Fossil Whalep. 364
Does the Whale's Magnitude Diminish?--Will He Perish?p. 367
Ahab's Legp. 370
The Carpenterp. 372
Ahab and the Carpenterp. 374
Ahab and Starbuck in the Cabinp. 377
Queequeg in His Coffinp. 379
The Pacificp. 384
The Blacksmithp. 385
The Forgep. 387
The Gilderp. 390
The Pequod Meets the Bachelorp. 391
The Dying Whalep. 393
The Whale Watchp. 394
The Quadrantp. 395
The Candlesp. 397
The Deck Towards the End of the First Night Watchp. 402
Midnight--The Forecastle Bulwarksp. 403
Midnight Aloft--Thunder and Lightningp. 404
The Musketp. 404
The Needlep. 407
The Log and Linep. 410
The Life-Buoyp. 412
The Deckp. 415
The Pequod Meets the Rachelp. 417
The Cabinp. 419
The Hatp. 421
The Pequod Meets the Delightp. 424
The Symphonyp. 425
The Chase--First Dayp. 428
The Chase--Second Dayp. 436
The Chase--Third Dayp. 443
Epiloguep. 452
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ISBN: 9781853260087
ISBN-10: 1853260088
Series: Wodsworth Collection
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 544
Published: 5th May 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.34

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Herman Melville

About the Author

(born Aug. 1, 1819, New York, N.Y., U.S.—died Sept. 28, 1891, New York City) U.S. writer. Born to a wealthy New York family that suffered great financial losses, Melville had little formal schooling and began a period of wanderings at sea in 1839. In 1841 he sailed on a whaler bound for the South Seas; the next year he jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands. His adventures in Polynesia were the basis of his successful first novels, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847).

After his allegorical fantasy Mardi (1849) failed, he quickly wrote Redburn (1849) and White-Jacket (1850), about the rough life of sailors. Moby-Dick (1851), his masterpiece, is both an intense whaling narrative and a symbolic examination of the problems and possibilities of American democracy; it brought him neither acclaim nor reward when published.

Increasingly reclusive and despairing, he wrote Pierre (1852), which, intended as a piece of domestic “ladies” fiction, became a parody of that popular genre, Israel Potter (1855), The Confidence-Man (1857), and magazine stories, including “Bartleby the Scrivener” (1853) and “Benito Cereno” (1855). After 1857 he wrote verse. In 1866 a customs-inspector position finally brought him a secure income. He returned to prose for his last work, the novel Billy Budd, Foretopman, which remained unpublished until 1924. Neglected for much of his career, Melville came to be regarded by modern critics as one of the greatest American writers.

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