Moby-Dick; or, the Whale: Selections
  • Publication Date: June 15, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816323 / 1554816327
  • 260 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Moby-Dick; or, the Whale: Selections

  • Publication Date: June 15, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816323 / 1554816327
  • 260 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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When Melville completed Moby-Dick, he wrote to Nathaniel Hawthorne that “I have written a wicked book, and feel spotless as a lamb.” While it took the world some time to appreciate the magnitude of Melville’s achievement, Moby-Dick is now widely considered one of the greatest works of American literature. It is, however, long, and students in semester-long courses will often not have a chance to read the novel in its entirety. The Broadview Moby-Dick: A Selection offers a robust sampling of chapters, chosen to give students a thorough initiation into the novel’s plot, as well as into the full range of its themes and stylistic experimentation. This edition also includes substantial, clear, and helpful annotations to help students successfully navigate Melville’s language and range of references.

This volume is one of a number of editions that have been drawn from the pages of the acclaimed Broadview Anthology of American Literature; like the others, it is designed to make a range of material from the anthology available in a format convenient for use in a wide variety of contexts.


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From Moby-Dick

  • Chapter 1
  • Chapter 3
  • Chapter 4
  • Chapter 10
  • Chapter 11
  • Chapter 12
  • Chapter 23
  • Chapter 24
  • Chapter 25
  • Chapter 26
  • Chapter 28
  • Chapter 32
  • Chapter 36
  • Chapter 38
  • Chapter 41
  • Chapter 42
  • Chapter 48
  • Chapter 49
  • Chapter 64
  • Chapter 68
  • Chapter 87
  • Chapter 89
  • Chapter 93
  • Chapter 94
  • Chapter 95
  • Chapter 99
  • Chapter 102
  • Chapter 128
  • Chapter 132
  • Chapter 135
  • Epilogue

Appendix A: Nineteenth-Century Images of Whales and Whaling

Appendix B: The Story of the Essex

Appendix C: Selection of Melville’s Letters to Hawthorne