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Moby Dick

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Informationen zum Autor Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. When his father died, he was forced to leave school and find work. After passing through some minor clerical jobs, the eighteen-year-old young man shipped out to sea, first on a short cargo trip, then, at twenty-one, on a three-year South Sea whaling venture. From the experiences accumulated on this voyage would come the material for his early books,  Typee  (1846) and  Omoo  (1847), as well as for such masterpieces as  Moby-Dick   (1851),  Pierre  (1852),  The Piazza Tales  (1856), and  Billy Budd, Sailor , and Other Stories  (posthumous, 1924). Though the first two novels—popular romantic adventures—sold well, Melville's more serious writing failed to attract a large audience, perhaps because it attacked the current philosophy of transcendentalism and its espoused "self-reliance." (As he made clear in the savagely comic  The Confidence Man  (1857), Melville thought very little of Emersonian philosophy.) He spent his later years working as a customs inspector on the New York docks, writing only poems comprising  Battle-Pieces  (1866). He died in 1891, leaving  Billy Budd, Sailor, and Other Stories  unpublished. Rockwell Kent  (1882–1971) was a prolific illustrator, writer, sailor, and explorer. His illustration credits include Voltaire’s Candide  and Herman Melville’s  Moby-Dick . Klappentext (Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) "As a revelation of human destiny it is too deep even for sorrow," was how D.H. Lawrence characterized MOBY-DICK. Published in the same five-year span as "The Scarlet Letter," "Walden," and "Leaves of Grass," this great adventure of the sea and the life of the soul is the ultimate achievement of that stunning period in American letters. CHAPTER 1 LOOMINGS Call me Ishmael. Some years ago--never mind how long precisely--having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball. With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship. There is nothing surprising in this. If they but knew it, almost all men in their degree, some time or other, cherish very nearly the same feelings towards the ocean with me. There now is your insular city of the Manhattoes, belted round by wharves as Indian isles by coral reefs--commerce surrounds it with her surf. Right and left, the streets take you waterward. Its extreme down-town is the battery, where that noble mole is washed by waves, and cooled by breezes, which a few hours previous were out of sight of land. Look at the crowds of water-gazers there. Circumambulate the city of a dreamy Sabbath afternoon. Go from Corlears Hook to Coenties Slip, and from thence, by Whitehall, northward. What do you see?--Posted like silent sentinels all around the town, stand thousands upon thousands of mortal men fixed in ocean reveries. Some leaning against the spiles; some seated upon the pier-heads; some looking over the bulwarks of ships from China; some high aloft in the rigging, as if striving to get a still better seaward peep. But these are all landsmen; of week days pent up in...

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Authors Rockwell Kent, Herman Melville, Melville Herman
Assisted by Rockwell Kent (Illustration)
Publisher Modern Library PRH US
 
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 05.09.1992
 
EAN 9780679600107
ISBN 978-0-679-60010-7
No. of pages 864
Dimensions 150 mm x 210 mm x 40 mm
Series Everyman's library
Modern Library (Hardcover)
Everyman's library
Everyman's Library
Subject Fiction > Narrative literature

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