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Moby Dick
Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Vintage Classics


672 Pages, 5 x 8

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $12.95 (US $12.95)

Publication Date: May 2008

ISBN 9780099511182

Rights: US

Random House UK (May 2008)
Vintage Classics

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Presented along with an extract from Owen Chase’s Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex—the work that inspired Melville to pen his own tumultuous journey into the heart of obsession.

When Ishmael sets sail on the whaling ship Pequod one cold Christmas Day, he is clueless to the horrors that await him on the vast and merciless ocean. The ship's strange captain, Ahab, is in the grip of an obsession to hunt down the famous white whale, Moby Dick, and will stop at nothing on his quest to annihilate his nemesis. Considered a failure during Melville’s lifetime but now hailed as a classic American novel, Ishmael’s story combines symbolism and philosophical debate with gripping adventure narrative in an uncanny and unforgettable fashion. An extract from Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex by Owen Chase—which inspired Melville's own story—is also included.


"A masterpiece."  —Guardian

"A great book . . . a deep great artist."  —D.H. Lawrence

"The ultimate fish story."  —Bob Dylan

Author Biography

Herman Melville (1819–1898) is an acclaimed novelist and short story author. His masterpiece Moby Dick (1851) was inspired in part by his short career aboard a whaleship in 1841.