About This Book
"Call me Ishmael," it begins. This magnificent story of mad Captain
Ahab's search for the white whale has been called the greatest novel
ever created by an American writer.
The story of Moby Dick is presented in three separate volumes of
approximately equal length. This is the second volume. Download all
three volumes to own this great classic masterpiece!
About Herman Melville
Melville was a schoolteacher and then a seaman on a whaling ship
before he became a writer, and his early novels describe his sea-going
experiences in the far parts of the earth. "Typee," describes his stay
among cannibals in the Marquesqas Islands; "Omoo," a humorous novel
and social commentary about his wanderings in Tahiti with "Doctor" Long
Ghost, includes a brief mutiny at sea. His masterpiece, "Moby Dick,"
uses the life of a whaling ship as a backdrop for all its action.
After a brief success with his earlier books, "Moby Dick," and his later
books were less well received. Although Melville continued to write,
and he became a part of the influential literary circle that included
Nathaniel Hawthorne, he was never truly famous or rewarded in his own
time. In 1866, he became a district inspector of customs, a post he
held until 1885, when a small inheritance made him financial secure. His
superb short novel, "Billy Budd," was not published until after his death.
In many ways Melville's life was a tragic one. Unappreciated, depressed
by the death of his two sons, in narrow financial straits, his writings
clearly show the dark vein that he sees running through human life
his novels concern themselves with injustice, human isolation,
pride and individual courage, the possibility of redemption, and a noble
reconciliation to defeat.