Moby-Dick (Mass Market Paperbound)

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This isn't half as hard as you've heard! Poetry, encyclopedia, adventure, and madness - this really is the American Bible. But no one ever tells you Melville is the wisest and most humane writer of English since Shakespeare. Worth reading for Captain Ahab's soliloquies alone, this book is for all peoples for all time. 

— From Abe

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No American masterpiece casts quite as awesome a shadow as Melville's monumental Moby Dick. Mad Captain Ahab's quest for the White Whale is a timeless epic--a stirring tragedy of vengeance and obsession, a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. It is the greatest sea story ever told. Far ahead of its own time, Moby Dick was largely misunderstood and unappreciated by Melville's contemporaries. Today, however, it is indisputably a classic. As D.H. Lawrence wrote, Moby Dick -commands a stillness in the soul, an awe . . . It is] one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world.-

About the Author


Elizabeth 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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780553213119
ISBN-10: 0553213113
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Publication Date: February 1st, 1981
Pages: 670
Language: English
Series: Bantam Classic