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
Herman Melville was an American novelist, poet, and lecturer best known for his classic novel Moby-Dick, as well as for his short fiction "Bartleby, the Scrivener," and the unfinished "Billy Budd, Sailor." Educated as a teacher and later as an engineer, Melville s writing was heavily influenced by his time aboard the whaling ship Acushnet, and his month-long captivity by Typee natives on Nuka Hiva island. Although Melville experienced success early in his writing career, public indifference to his masterpiece, Moby-Dick, resulted in waning attention, and his work was almost entirely disregarded by the time of this death in 1891. Melville s work experienced a revival in the early twentieth century, and he is now considered one of the pre-eminent American writers of his time. He is also one of the most-studied novelists, and was the first writer to be collected and published by the Library of America.