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ISBN-10: 0142437247

ISBN-13: 9780142437247

Edition: 2003 (Revised)

Authors: Herman Melville, Andrew Delbanco, Tom Quirk

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Moby Dick is the story of a madman pursuing an unholy war against a creature as vast and dangerous and unknowable as the sea itself. But more than just a novel of adventure, the book is part of its author's lifelong meditation on America.
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 12/31/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 720
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Melville was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young Melville's thirteenth year, his father died. Without enough money to gain the formal education that professions required, Melville was thrown on his own resources and in 1841 sailed off on a whaling ship bound for the South Seas. His experiences at sea during the next four years were to form in part the basis of his best fiction. Melville's first two books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were partly romance and partly autobiographical travel books…    

Tom Quirk is author or editor of numerous books, includingNothing Abstract: Investigations in the American Literary Imagination(University ofMissouri Press),Mark Twain: A Study of the Short Fiction,andThe Portable Mark Twain. He is Professor of English at the University of Missourindash;Columbia.