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Moby-Dick

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For this Sesquicentennial Norton Critical Edition, the Northwestern-Newberry text of Moby-Dick has been generously footnoted to include dozens of biographical discoveries, mainly from Hershel Parker's work on his two-volume biography of Melville.
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"For this Sesquicentennial Norton Critical Edition, the Northwestern-Newberry text of Moby-Dick has been generously footnoted to include dozens of biographical discoveries, mainly from Hershel Parker's work on his two-volume biography of Melville.

A section of ""Whaling and Whalecraft"" features prose and graphics by John B. Putnam, a sample of contemporary whaling engravings, as well as, new to this edition, an engraving of Tupai Cupa, the real-life inspiration for the character of Queequeg.

Evoking Melville's fascination with the fluidity of categories like savagery and civilization, the image of Tupai Cupa fittingly introduces ""Before Moby-Dick: International Controversy over Melville,"" a new section that documents the ferocity of religions, political, and sexual hostility toward Melville in reaction to his early books, beginning with Typee in 1846.

The image of Tupai Cupa also evokes Melville's interest in the mystery of self-identity and the possibility of knowing another person's ""queenly personality"" (Chapter 119). That theme (focused on Melville, Ishmael, and Ahab) is pursued in ""A Handful of Critical Challenges,"" from Walter E. Bezanson's classic centennial study through Harrison Hayford's meditation on ""Loomings"" and recent essays by Camille Paglia and John Wenke.

In ""Reviews and Letters by Melville,"" a letter has been redated and a wealth of new biographical material has been added to the footnotes, notably to Melville's ""Hawthorne and His Mosses."" ""Analogues and Sources"" retains classic pieces by J. N. Reynolds and Owen Chase, as well as new findings by Geoffrey Sanborn and Steven Olsen-Smith. ""Reviews of Moby-Dick"" emphasizes the ongoing religious hostility toward Melville and highlights new discoveries, such as the first-known Scottish review of The Whale.

""Posthumous Praise and the Melville Revival: 1893-1927"" collects belated, enthusiastic praise up through that of William Faulkner. ""Biographical Cross-Light"" is Hershel Parker's somber look at what writing Moby-Dick cost Melville and his family.

From Foreword through Selected Bibliography, this Sesquicentennial Norton Critical Edition is uniquely valuable as the most up-to-date and comprehensive documentary source for study of Moby-Dick."

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Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, sh

Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, sh

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Author
Herman Melville
Short Title
MOBY-DICK 2/E
Publisher
W. W. Norton & Company
Series
Norton Critical Editions
Language
English
Edition
2nd
ISBN-10
0393972836
ISBN-13
9780393972832
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
DEWEY
FIC
Year
1999
Publication Date
1999-07-31
Imprint
Norton Critical Editions
Place of Publication
New York
Country of Publication
United States
Edited by
Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker
Illustrations
2 maps, 21 illustrations
Birth
1819, 1928
Death
1891
Affiliation
Emeritus, Northwestern University, llinois, USA, Emeritus, University of Delaware, USA
Pages
752
Residence
New York City New York, US
Pack Parent
9781118637791
Audience
College/Higher Education
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