Moby-Dick Day Thread (11/14)

On this date in 1851 “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville was first published in the US.  “Moby-Dick” is a literary classic that tells of the pursuit of a white whale that defied capture.


Thought by some to be the “one of greatest works of imagination in literary history”, “Moby-Dick” continues to have an impact on readers.

I am sure most know the basic premise: Narrator Ishmael recounts his adventures on the whaling ship, Pequod, under the command of Captain Ahab, as Ahab obsessively pursues the white whale Moby-Dick to the detriment of everyone involved.

“Moby-Dick” was not a commercial success when first published, and was out of print at the time of the author’s death in 1891. It wasn’t until the 20th century that “Moby-Dick” began to receive critical recognition and gained the reputation as a “Great American Novel”.

It’s opening line is one of the most famous in literature, “Call Me Ishmael” 


Have a wonderful day and have fun posting!