Moby-Dick; or, the Whale: Selections
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816323 / 1554816327
  • 222 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Moby-Dick; or, the Whale: Selections

  • Publication Date: July 19, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781554816323 / 1554816327
  • 222 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.

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  • Herman Melville
  • Moby-Dick; or, the Whale

from Moby-Dick; or, the Whale

  • Chapter 1. Loomings
  • Chapter 3. The Spouter-Inn
  • Chapter 4. The Counterpane
  • Chapter 10. A Bosom Friend
  • Chapter 11. Nightgown
  • Chapter 12. Biographical
  • Chapter 23. The Lee Shore
  • Chapter 24. The Advocate
  • Chapter 25. Postcript
  • Chapter 26. Knights and Squires
  • Chapter 28. Ahab
  • Chapter 32. Cetology
  • Chapter 36. The Quarter-Deck
  • Chapter 38. Dusk
  • Chapter 41. Moby Dick
  • Chapter 42. The Whiteness of the Whale
  • Chapter 48. The First Lowering
  • Chapter 49. The Hyena
  • Chapter 64. Stubb’s Supper
  • Chapter 68. The Blanket
  • Chapter 87. The Grand Armada
  • Chapter 89. Fast-Fish and Loose-Fish
  • Chapter 93. The Castaway
  • Chapter 94. A Squeeze of the Hand
  • Chapter 95. The Cassock
  • Chapter 99. The Doubloon
  • Chapter 102. A Bower in the Arsacides
  • Chapter 128. The Pequod Meets the Rachel
  • Chapter 132. The Symphony
  • Chapter 135. The Chase.—Third Day
  • Epilogue

In Context

  • Nineteenth-Century Images of Whales and Whaling
  • The Story of the Essex
  • Selection of Melville’s Letters to Hawthorne, 1851