Moby dick white whale herman melville captain ahab high school years ago american novel american literature ever written call me ishmael read moby whaling industry great american norton critical nineteenth century nathaniel philbrick american classic anyone interested in melville moby dick or reading this classic piece of literature for . Moby dick a novel by herman melville about the voyage of the whaling ship pequod was published by harper brothers in new york moby dick is now considered a great classic of american literature. Moby dick or the whale the allegorical novel about captain ahabs search to kill a great white whale was based on real life events born in 1819 author herman melville grew up during the peak of american dominance of the whaling industry roughly the period between 1820 and the start of the civil war. Moby dick by herman melville is today considered one of the greatest novels written in america but paradoxically it was a miserable failure when it first made its debut in 1851
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