"Moby Dick" can be an intimidating read, so why not whet your appetite with some source material? "Mocha Dick"
was a giant sperm whale in the early 1800's who destroyed over 20 whaling ships. You can read the original 1839 article
written by explorer Jeremiah Reynolds
that helped inspire Herman Melville in the creation of his masterwork. If even that
is too much for you, author Brian Heinz and artist Randall Enos have created a striking children's book
based on the original story.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI
on Jul 16, 2014 -
The Writer As Reader: Melville and his Marginalia In the General Rare Books Collection at Princeton University Library sits a stunning two-volume edition of John Milton that once belonged to Herman Melville. Melville's tremendous debt to Milton — and to Homer, Virgil, the Bible, and Shakespeare — might be evident to anyone who has wrestled with the moral and intellectual complexity that lends Moby Dick its immortal heft, but to see Melville's marginalia in his 1836 Poetical Works of John Milton is to understand just how intimately the author of the great American novel engaged with the author of the greatest poem in English. Checkmarks, underscores, annotations, and Xs reveal the passages in Paradise Lost and other poems that would have such a determining effect on Melville's own work.
posted by jason's_planet
on Sep 1, 2013 -