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Moby-Dick - a book by Melville, Herman


Or, the Whale

Moby-Dick( )
Author: Melville, Herman
Illustrator: Hische, Jessica
Series title:Penguin Drop Caps Ser.
Publication Date:Aug 2013
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Imprint:Penguin Books
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $26.00
Book Description:

It all begins with a letter. Fall in love with Penguin Drop Caps, a new series of twenty-six collectible and hardcover editions, each with a type cover showcasing a gorgeously illustrated letter of the alphabet for each author's surname. Jessica Hische, a superstar in the world of type design whose work has appeared in Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom. Moby Dick is the classic tale of an eerily compelling madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and unknowable as the sea...
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Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / Action & Adventure
Fiction / Fantasy / Epic
Fiction / Sea Stories
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.5 x 7.8 x 1.93 Inches
Book Weight:1.529 Pounds
Author Biography
Melville, Herman (Author)
Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young Melville's thirteenth year, his father died. Without enough money to gain the formal education that professions required, Melville was thrown on his own resources and in 1841 sailed off on a whaling ship bound for the South Seas. His experiences at sea during the next four years were to form in part the basis of his best fiction.

Melville's first two books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were partly romance and partly autobiographical travel books set in the South Seas. Both were popular successes, particularly Typee, which included a stay among cannibals and a romance with a South Sea maiden. During the next several years, Melville published three more romances that drew upon his experiences at sea: Redburn (1849) and White-Jacket (1850), both fairly realistic accounts of the sailor's life and depicting the loss of innocence of central characters; and Mardi (1849), which, like the other two books, began as a romance of adventure but turned into an allegorical critique of contemporary American civilization. Moby Dick (1851) also began as an adventure story, based on Melville's experiences aboard the whaling ship. However, in the writing of it inspired in part by conversations with his friend and neighbor Hawthorne and partly by his own irrepressible imagination and reading of Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists Melville turned the book into something so strange that, when it appeared in print, many of his readers and critics were dumbfounded, even outraged.

By the mid-1850s, Melville's literary reputation was all but destroyed, and he was obliged to live the rest of his life taking whatever jobs he could find and borrowing money from relatives,

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