Moby-Dick
Moby-Dick
or, The Whale
Herman Melville

Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick
Illustrated by Rockwell Kent


First published in 1851, Melville's masterpiece is, in Elizabeth Hardwick's words, "the greatest novel in American literature." The saga of Captain Ahab and his monomaniacal pursuit of the white whale remains a peerless adventure story but one full of mythic grandeur, poetic majesty, and symbolic power. Filtered through the consciousness of the novel's narrator, Ishmael, Moby-Dick draws us into a universe full of fascinating characters and stories, from the noble cannibal Queequeg to the natural history of whales, while reaching existential depths that excite debate and contemplation to this day.

This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition contains original illustrations by Rockwell Kent and commentary that includes excerpts from one of Melville's letters to Hawthorne.

Title Moby-Dick
Subtitle or, The Whale
Author Herman Melville
Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick
Illustrated by Rockwell Kent
Publisher Modern Library
Dewey Classification 813.3
Title First Published 10 October 2000
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 896 p.
ISBN-10 067978327X
ISBN-13 9780679783275
Publication Date 10 October 2000
Main content page count 896
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $15.00
 


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