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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. The book is the sailor Ishmael’s narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale that on the ship’s previous voyage bit off Ahab’s leg at the knee. A contribution to the literature of the American Renaissance, Moby-Dick was published to mixed reviews, was a commercial failure, and was out of print at the time of the author’s death in 1891. Its reputation as a “Great American Novel” was established only in the 20th century, after the centennial of its author’s birth. William Faulkner said he wished he had written the book himself, and D. H. Lawrence called it “one of the strangest and most wonderful books in the world” and “the greatest book of the sea ever written”. Its opening sentence, “Call me Ishmael”, is among world literature’s most famous.

Melville began writing Moby-Dick in February 1850, and finished 18 months later, a year longer than he had anticipated. Melville drew on his experience as a common sailor from 1841 to 1844, including several years on whalers, and on wide reading in whaling literature. The white whale is modeled on the notoriously hard-to-catch albino whale Mocha Dick, and the book’s ending is based on the sinking of the whaleship Essex in 1820. His literary influences include Shakespeare and the Bible. The detailed and realistic descriptions of whale hunting and of extracting whale oil, as well as life aboard ship among a culturally diverse crew, are mixed with exploration of class and social status, good and evil, and the existence of God. In addition to narrative prose, Melville uses styles and literary devices ranging from songs, poetry, and catalogs to Shakespearean stage directions, soliloquies, and asides. In August 1850, with the manuscript perhaps half finished, he met Nathaniel Hawthorne and was deeply moved by his Mosses from an Old Manse, which he compared to Shakespeare in its cosmic ambitions. This encounter may have inspired him to revise and expand Moby-Dick, which is dedicated to Hawthorne, “in token of my admiration for his genius”.

Chapter 000: Etymology and Extracts
Chapter 001-002
Chapter 003
Chapter 004-007
Chapter 008-009
Chapter 010-012
Chapter 013-015
Chapter 016
Chapter 017-021
Chapter 022-025
Chapter 026-027
Chapter 028-031
Chapter 032
Chapter 033-035
Chapter 036-040
Chapter 041
Chapter 042-044
Chapter 045-047
Chapter 048-050
Chapter 051-053
Chapter 054
Chapter 055-058
Chapter 059-063
Chapter 064-067
Chapter 068-071
Chapter 072-073
Chapter 074-077
Chapter 078-080
Chapter 081-082
Chapter 083-086
Chapter 087-088
Chapter 089-091
Chapter 092-096
Chapter 097-100
Chapter 101-104
Chapter 105-108
Chapter 109-113
Chapter 114-118
Chapter 119-123
Chapter 124-127
Chapter 128-132
Chapter 133
Chapter 134
Chapter 135 and Epilogue
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