"Don't let anyone tell you that Moby Dick unreadable. I flew through it. This little extract gives some idea of its warmth and good humour and its sublime prose. The basic idea is that whenever we think deep thoughts, vapours arise from our brains. And so it does with the whale when he thinks deep thoughts. "I am convinced that from the heads of all ponderous and profound beings, such as Plato, Pyrrho, the Devil, Jupiter, Dante and so on, there always goes up a certain semi-visible steam, while in the act of thinking deep thoughts. . . And how nobly it raises our conceit of the mighty, misty monster, to behold him sailing through a calm tropical sea; his vast, mild head overhung by a canopy of vapour, engendered by his incommunicable contemplations, and that vapour- as you will sometimes see it - glorified by a rainbow, as if Heaven itself had put its seal upon his thoughts."If what he says is correct, I reckon that Herman could have powered several steam baths. This edition is superbly designed with lovely large print. It's a joy to read. The companion volume gives background to the book's composition and explains obscure references etc, but my advice is to ignore it altogether and read this mighty novel as its first readers did and see for yourself why it's become a classic. "
Although the two authors never met and seem not to have read each other's works, they labored under the sense of what, in Moby-Dick, Ishmael calls "a vast practical joke .
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Fast forward a few years and my partner, Elizabeth, and I were talking about possible stage adaptations we could do together, and we wondered aloud, “Why has no one done a small cast adaptation of Moby Dick with Sea Shanties?” And we sat down to write one.
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"I should have known from the reviews already posted that I would regret not ordering this volume as soon as it was listed as sold out a few years ago. However… in late June 2015 FS sent a round-robin email saying "when relocating books from our distribution centre in America, we discovered a small number of limited editions which we had thought out of print…". These included six copies of Moby-Dick, so no more hesitation! It is everything others have said, and more. The front cover — the white whale leaping amidst silvery plumes of water and stars against the black leather — is one of the most striking the Society has ever published, and the stark and robust 1930 Rockwell Kent illustrations adorn almost every other page — far more liberally than would ever have been possible for an illustrator specially commissioned for this edition. Moby-Dick is definitely the most splendid of the LEs published in this particular format. The typeface is generously large, with comfortably ample margins, and I look forward to getting to grips with the work along with the sizeable commentary by Harold Beaver. "
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Herman Melville was born in New York City to wealthy parents of New English and Dutch origin. When his father died a bankrupt, Melville left school, aged 12, to work as a bank clerk. He attended night school and became a teacher before signing on as a merchant seaman. In 1841, he boarded the whaling ship Acushnet. After a year and a half, Melville jumped ship and spent a month among a tribe in the Marquesas Islands, before making his way home via Hawaii and Peru. In New York, he published several novels, to instant success. His meeting with Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, while he was writing Moby-Dick, was a pivotal moment and filled him with inspiration. Moby-Dick’s reception was mixed, and his following novel Pierre was a failure. Melville's reputation faded, and his later years were shadowed by his son's suicide and his own ill-health. He worked as an inspector in the New York Customs House for nearly 20 years until his death in 1891.
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Moby-Dick was published in 1851 to a mixed critical reception. Reviewers praised Melville's almost unparalleled power over the capabilities of language, but many baulked at the book's unconventionality. Only in the 20th century did Moby-Dick take its rightful place as America's greatest epic. In his book Call me Ishmael, the critic Charles Olson wrote, ‘From passive places his imagination sprung a harpoon … It gave him the power to find the lost past of America, the unfound present, and make a myth, Moby-Dick, for a people of Ishmaels.’ Now, this great American novel is published in our series of limited editions celebrating masterpieces of world literature.