Moby Dick: Or, the Whale (Paperback)
Or, the Whale
Modern Library, 9780679783275, 928pp.
Publication Date: October 10, 2000
Introduction by Elizabeth Hardwick
Illustrations by Rockwell Kent
First published in 1851, Herman Melville's masterpiece is, in Elizabeth Hardwick's words, -the greatest novel in American literature.- The saga of Captain Ahab and his monomaniacal pursuit of the white whale remains a peerless adventure story but one full of mythic grandeur, poetic majesty, and symbolic power. Filtered through the consciousness of the novel's narrator, Ishmael, Moby-Dick draws us into a universe full of fascinating characters and stories, from the noble cannibal Queequeg to the natural history of whales, while reaching existential depths that excite debate and contemplation to this day.