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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale
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Title page, first American edition of Moby-Dick

Author(s)

Herman Melville

Country

U.S. Britain

Language

English

Genere(s)

Novel, adventure fiction, epic, sea story

Publisher(s)

Richard Bentley (Britain) Harper & Brothers (U.S.)

Publication date

October 18, 1851 (Britain) November 14, 1851 (U.S.)

Media type

Print

Pages

927 (British first edition, 3 vols.) 635 (U.S. first edition)

ISBN

978-0553213119

ISBN

913.3

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851) is a novel by Herman Melville. The narrator, Ishmael, tells the story of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship ''Peaquod'', and his quest for revenge on Moby Dick, the white whale which destroyed Ahab's previous ship and severed his leg at the knee.

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Captain Ahab is the monomaniacal captain of the whaling ship Pequod. On a previous voyage, the white whale Moby Dick bit off Ahab's leg, leaving him with a prosthesis made out of whalebone. Instead of leading thePequod on a whaling voyage for profit, Ahab seeks revenge on the whale and casts his spell over the crew-members to enlist them in his fanatical mission. When Moby Dick is finally sighted and hunted down, Ahab's hate robs him of all caution and denies him revenge. Moby Dick drags Ahab to his death.

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