Moby Dick

David Stuart Davies goes off in search of the great white whale.

‘…one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world…the greatest book of the sea ever written’  D. H. Lawrence

In the Moby Dick, Herman Melville (1819 - 1891) gave the world not only one of the most powerful epic adventure stories of the sea but an equally impressive allegory of man’s struggle against the malignant and imponderable forces of the universe, typified in this instance by the giant white whale of the title.  In a particularly personal narrative Melville strove to synthesise all the turbulent and painful torments of his own inner spirit.

Melville was an American novelist and short story writer whose early work, such as his first book Typee (1846), a highly romanticised account of his life among Polynesians which became a best-seller, was reasonably well received. In 1850 he formed a friendship with Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, who inspired Melville to begin his most ambitious work yet, which he initially titled The Whale

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