Moby Dick or The White Whale (The Modern Library of the World's Best Books)

By: Melville, Herman; Weaver, Raymond

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Lacks jacket. Boards lightly soiled, ink gift note on front endpaper, a couple sentences underlined in blue ink, ink sketch on rear free endpaper. 1926 Hard Cover. xxi, [1], 565, [1] pp. 8vo. Blue cloth, gilt titles. Introduction by Raymond Weaver. Moby-Dick is an 1851 novel by Herman Melville. The story tells the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab seeks one specific whale, Moby-Dick, a white whale of tremendous size and ferocity. Comparatively few whaleships know of Moby-Dick, and fewer yet have encountered him. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab's boat and bit off his leg. Ahab intends to exact revenge. In Moby-Dick, Melville employs stylized language, symbolism, and metaphor to explore numerous complex themes. Through the main character's journey, the concepts of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of gods are all examined as Ishmael speculates upon his personal beliefs and his place in the universe. The narrator's reflections, along with his descriptions of a sailor's life aboard a whaling ship, are woven into the narrative along with Shakespearean literary devices such as stage directions, extended soliloquies and asides. Often considered the embodiment of American Romanticism, Moby-Dick was first published by Richard Bentley in London on October 18, 1851 in an expurgated three-volume edition titled The Whale, and later as one massive volume, by New York City publisher Harper and Brothers as Moby-Dick; or, The Whale on November 14, 1851. The first line of Chapter One — 'Call me Ishmael.' — is one of the most famous opening lines in literature. Although the book initially received mixed reviews, Moby-Dick is now considered one of the greatest novels in the English language and has secured Melville's place among America's greatest writers.

Title: Moby Dick or The White Whale (The Modern Library of the World's Best Books)

Author: Melville, Herman; Weaver, Raymond

Categories: American, Nautical,

Edition: Reissue

Publisher: The Modern Library: 1926

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Good

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2281346

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