14 Facts About Moby-Dick


Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville.

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Moby-Dick falls into the head, which in turn falls off the yardarm into the sea.

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Moby-Dick is left behind in the sea, and so is the only crewman of the Pequod to survive the final encounter.

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Moby-Dick calls Ishmael's explanatory footnotes to establish the documentary genre "a Nabokovian touch".

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Forster, remarked in 1927: "Moby-Dick is full of meanings: its meaning is a different problem.

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Melville's biographer Hershel Parker notes that during the composition of Moby-Dick, Melville read Thomas Browne, Robert Burton, and Rabelais and adopted not only their poetic and conversational prose styles, but their skeptical attitudes towards religion.

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Moby-Dick was described as being gigantic and covered in barnacles.

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Moby-Dick contains large sections—most of them narrated by Ishmael—that seemingly have nothing to do with the plot, but describe aspects of the whaling business.

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Moby-Dick met Melville on August 5, 1850, when the authors met at a picnic hosted by a mutual friend that included, among others, Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

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Bezanson is not convinced that before he met Hawthorne, "Melville was not ready for the kind of book Moby-Dick became", because in his letters from the time Melville denounces his last two "straight narratives, Redburn and White-Jacket, as two books written just for the money, and he firmly stood by Mardi as the kind of book he believed in.

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Moby-Dick's language is already "richly steeped in 17th-century mannerisms", characteristics of Moby-Dick.

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Moby-Dick was staying with Allan and Sophia in a small room to correct proofs, and towrite the closing pages.

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Moby-Dick still had no American publisher, so the usual hurry about getting the British publication to precede the American was not present.

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Moby-Dick was out of print during the last four years of Melville's life, having sold 2, 300 in its first year and a half and on average 27 copies a year for the next 34 years, totaling 3, 215 copies.

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