Posts Tagged: Herman Melville
Friday was Moby-Dick’s 164th birthday, and much celebration was to be had. Lit Hub went particularly hard, sharing all manner of whale-related materials:
- A history of whales in literature from Jonah to Melville to Nathaniel Philbrick;
- 120-year-old plaster dildos in Nantucket and the history and loneliness held within;
- An excerpt from War of the Whales, about the devastation of whale populations due to sonar equipment;
- A listicle of whale pictures to describe the writer’s moods (surprisingly accurate);
- A brilliant whale you can print out and color if the mood strikes (and it will); and
- Praise for Moby-Dick, cetology ramblings and all.
David Samuels fact checks Herman Melville down at Lapham’s Quarterly:
Who Herman Melville was and what he actually thought about anything are altogether unsatisfying questions that have never been answered in a satisfying way. This has led critics from the beginning of his literary existence to accuse him, often rightfully, of fraud.
Hawthorne inspired and reinforced Melville’s conviction to elevate the writing of Moby-Dick beyond any of the parameters he had previously explored with his earlier work.
Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick was first published on November 14th, 1851, and for the second year, a marathon reading of the novel will take place in New York City to commemorate its publication. The event is held over three days, and dozens of authors and members of the literary community are enlisted to read portions of the book....more
At the time of this posting, the 29th Annual Moby-Dick Marathon has about three hours left of its 24-hour reading of Herman Melville’s classic novel. When the reading finishes, attendees will celebrate Melville’s birthday “in old-fashioned style with song and cake.”
Did we mention they’re doing this all on the last wooden whaling ship in the world?...more
Herman Melville was not a happy camper after Moby Dick was panned by critics and failed to have any financial success (only 3100 copies were sold during his lifetime), but instead of pouting about it in America, he pouted about it in Jerusalem....more
Moby-Dick is so vast and contains so much stuff—there’s no better word for it than “stuff”—that you could come up with new angles on it for a whole English degree’s worth of classes....more
Historian Nathaniel Philbrick lays out a convincing, if scholarly, case for why Moby-Dick is relevant to modern audiences....more
Through playful and evocative illustrations, Matt Kish’s Moby Dick in Pictures transforms on one of the greatest American novels and makes it relevant again....more
“And I only am escaped alone to tell thee”
If he were alive, today, August 1st 2009, would be Herman Melville’s 190th birthday and on this occasion I’d like to take the opportunity to pay a small, humble tribute to an author who has single-handedly taught me so much about writing and literature, patience and perseverance, and the staggering potential of language and prose....more