Why Read Moby-Dick?
A bestselling author of seagoing epics now celebrates an American classic. Philbrick offers a cabin master's tour of a spellbinding novel rich with adventure and history. He skillfully navigates Melville's world and illuminates the book's humor and unforgettable characters--finding the thread that binds Ishmael and Ahab to today's time and, indeed, to all times. A perfect match between author and subject, "Why Read Moby-Dick?" gives readers a renewed appreciation of both Melville and the proud seaman's town of Nantucket that Philbrick himself calls home. 144 pp. 100,000 print. (Literature - Classics)
Nathaniel Philbrick, is a leading authority on the history of Nantucket Island. His In the Heart of the Sea won the National Book Award. His latest book is Sea of Glory, about the epic U.S. Exploring Expedition of 1838-1842. His other books include Away off Shore: Nantucket Island and Its People, 1602-1890 (which Russell Baker called "indispensable") and Abram's Eyes: The Native American Legend of Nantucket Island ("a classic of historical truthtelling," according to Stuart Frank, director of the Kendall Whaling Museum). He has written an introduction to a new edition of Joseph Hart's Miriam Coffin, or The Whale Fisherman, a Nantucket novel (first published in 1834) that Melville relied upon for information about the island when writing Moby Dick.