Layers of meaning, garnering new insights with each reading, is one of the hallmarks of great literature. Melville drew on the Bible, Shakespeare, Hawthorne, old whaling lore and cetology the scientific study of whales , on sea shanties and old tales of exploration and shipwrecks including that of The Essex , and on his own seagoing experiences aboard The Acushnet, to shape his narrative--and then mixed in his own proto-existentialist ruminations on the nature of good and evil, the existence of God, and progressive ideas on sexuality, class and society. The resulting mix gives the book its power, depth, and mutability. Melville was also influenced by the story of Mocha Dick, a similarly white huge sperm whale who was given to sinking whaling ships.
Chapter headpieces, tailpieces, and many other pictures, including some full page. These illustrations originally appeared in the Lakeside Press three volume limited edition. Black cloth binding with silver art and text on the spine and front cover. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?