Moby-Dick

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Collector's Library, 2004 - Fiction - 768 pages
On board the whaling ship Pequod, a crew of wise men and fools, renegades, and seeming phantoms is hurled through treacherous seas by a crazed captain hell-bent on hunting down Moby Dick, the mythic White Whale who left him crippled. As the ""great flood-gates of the wonder-world"" swing open, Melville transforms the little world of the whale-ship into a crucible where mankind's fears, faith and frailties are pitted against a relentless fate. Teeming with ideas and imagery, and with its extraordinary, compressed intensity sustained by a buoyant, mischievous irony and by moments of exquisite beauty, Melville's masterpiece is both a great American epic and one of the most profoundly imaginative creations in literary history. The world's greatest works of literature are now available in these beautiful keepsake volumes. Bound in real cloth, and featuring gilt edges and ribbon markers, these beautifully produced books are a wonderful way to build a handsome library of classic literature. These are the essential novels that belong in every home. They'll transport readers to imaginary worlds and provide excitement, entertainment, and enlightenment for years to come. All of these novels feature attractive illustrations and have an unequalled period feel that will grace the library, the bedside table or bureau.
 

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moby dick this classic realy is nice and the whale just needid freedom i in 8 year old made a moby dick 2 toby dick the shark a sequil hermon made a good and long book about a huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge whale

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Contents

Etymology
13
Extracts
15
Loomings
31
The CarpetBag
38
The SpouterInn
43
The Counterpane
62
Breakfast
67
The Street
70
The Advocate
165
Postscript
171
Knights and Squires
172
Knights and Squires
176
Ahab
182
Enter Ahab To Him Stubb
187
The Pipe
191
Queen Mab
192

The Chapel
73
The Pulpit
77
The Sermon
80
IO A Bosom Friend
92
Nightgown
97
Biographical
99
Wheelbarrow
103
Nantucket
109
Chowder III
111
The Ship
116
The Ramadan
134
His Mark
142
The Prophet
147
All Astir
151
Going Aboard
154
Merry Christmas
158
The Lee Shore
164
Cetology
195
The Specksynder
212
The CabinTable
216
The MastHead
223
The QuarterDeck
232
Sunset
242
Dusk
244
First NightWatch
245
Midnight Forecastle
246
The Whiteness of the Whale
267
Hark
279
The Chart
280
The Affidavit
287
Surmises
299
The MatMaker
302
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Herman Melville was born in 1819 in New York City. Both his grandfathers were Revolutionary War heroes but his father, a merchant, died bankrupt in 1833. Melville left school and worked at various jobs before shipping on the whaler Achshnet in 1841. The next year he deserted, travelled the South Seas and joined the US Navy. After three years he retired, settled in Massachusetts and started to write. His first two novels, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were fictionalized accounts of his travels: they remained his most popular works during his lifetime. In 1847 Melville married and wrote a series of novels he considered potboilers for money. With Moby-Dick (1851) he changed course, partly under the influence of Nathaniel Hawthorne; but the novel's extravagant intensity lost him readers. Pierre (1852) fared no better, and after publishing one more novel Melville took a job as a customs inspector in the New York City harbour and turned to writing poetry. He died there in 1891; an unfinished novel, Billy Budd, Sailor, was published in 1924.

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