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Moby-Dick (1851) US edition

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Moby-Dick  (1851) 
by Herman Melville

This novel describes the ill-fated voyage of the whaling ship Pequod to find and destroy the eponymous white whale, driven by the obsessive Captain Ahab. The language is highly symbolic and many themes run throughout the work. The narrator's reflections, along with complex descriptions of the grueling work of whaling and personalities of his shipmates, are woven into a profound meditation on hubris, providence, nature, society, and the human struggle for meaning, happiness and salvation. Moby-Dick is often considered the epitome of American Romanticism.
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MOBY-DICK;


OR,


THE WHALE.


BY

HERMAN MELVILLE,

AUTHOR OF
"TYPEE," "OMOO," "REDBURN," "MARDI," "WHITE-JACKET."

NEW YORK:

HARPER & BROTHERS, PUBLISHERS.

LONDON: RICHARD BENTLEY.

1851.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by

HERMAN MELVILLE,

in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the Southern District of New York.

IN TOKEN

OF MY ADMIRATION FOR HIS GENIUS

This Book is Inscribed

TO

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE.

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This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.