Moby Dick, Or The Whale: Volume 6, Scholarly Edition

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Northwestern University Press, Sep 9, 1988 - Fiction - 1043 pages
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In Moby Dick Melville set out to write a "mighty book" on "a mighty theme." The editors of this critical text affirm that he succeeded. Nevertheless, their prolonged examination of the novel reveals textual flaws and anomalies that help to explain Melville's fears that his great work was in some ways a hash or a botch. A lengthy historical note also gives a fresh account of Melville's earlier literary career and his working conditions as he wrote; it also analyzes the book's contemporary reception and outlines how it finally achieved fame. Other sections review theories of the book's genesis, detail the circumstances of its publication, and present documents closely relating to the story.

This scholarly edition is based on collations of both editions published during Melville's lifetime, it adopts 185 revisions and corrections from the English edition and incorporates 237 emendations by the series editors. This is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America).
  

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Contents

Loomings
3
The Carpet Bag
8
The SpouterInn
12
The Counterpane
25
Breakfast
29
The Street
31
The Chapel
34
The Pulpit
38
Cutting In
303
The Blanket
305
The Funeral
308
The Sphynx
310
The Pequod meets the Jeroboam Her Story 3i3 Chapter 72 The Monkeyrope
319
Stubb Flask kill a Right Whale
323
The Sperm Whales Head
329
The Right Whales Head
333

The Sermon
41
A Bosom Friend
49
Nightgown
53
Biographical
55
Wheelbarrow
58
Nantucket
63
Chowder
65
The Ship
68
The Ramadan
81
His Mark
87
The Prophet
91
All Astir
95
Going Aboard
98
Merry Christmas
102
The Lee Shore
106
The Advocate
108
Postscript
113
Knights and Squires
115
Knights and Squires
118
Ahab
122
Enter Ahab to him Stubb
126
The Pipe
129
Queen Mab Ui Chapter 32 Cetology
134
The Specksynder
146
The Cabin Table
149
5 The MastHead
154
The QuarterDeck Ahab and all
160
Sunset
167
Dusk
169
First NightWatch
171
ForecastleMidnight
173
Moby Dick
179
The Whiteness of the Whale
188
Hark
196
The Chart
198
The Affidavit
203
Surmises
211
The MatMaker
214
The First Lowering
217
The Hyena 22fj
226
Ahabs Boat and CrewFedallah
229
The SpiritSpout
232
The Pequod meets the Albatross
236
The Gam
238
The Town Hos Story
242
Monstrous Pictures of Whales
260
Less Erroneous Pictures of Whales
265
Of Whales in Paint in Teeth c
269
Brit
272
Squid
275
The Line
278
Stubh kills a Whale
282
The Dart
287
The Crotch
289
Stubhs Supper
291
The Whale as a Dish
298
The Shark Massacre
301
The Batteritig Ram
339
Cistern and Buckets
341
The Prairie
345
The Nut
348
The Pequod meets the Virgin
351
The Honor and Glory of Whaling
361
Jonah Historically Regarded
364
Pitchpoling
367
The Fountain
370
The Tail
375
The Grand Armada
380
Schools Schoolmasters
391
Fast Fish and Loose Fish
395
Heads or Tails
399
The Pequod meets the Rose Bud
402
Ambergris
408
The Castaway
411
A Squeeze of the Hand
415
The Cassock
419
The Try Works
421
The Lamp
426
Stowing Down Clearing Up
427
The Doubloon
430
The Pequod meets the Samuel Enderby of London
436
The Decanter
443
A Bower in the Arsacldes
448
Measurement of the Whales Skeleton
452
The Fossil Whale
455
Does the Whale Diminish?
459
Ahabs Leg
463
The Carpenter
466
The Deck Ahab and the Carpenter
469
The Cabin Ahab and Starbuck
473
Queequeg in his Coffin
476
The Pacific
482
The Blacksmith
484
Chapter 113 The Forge
487
The Gilder
491
Chapter 115 The Pequod meets the Bachelor
493
r 6 The Dying Whale
496
The WhaleWatch
498
The Quadrant
500
The Candles
503
The Deck
510
The Needle j
516
The LifeBuoy
523
The Pequod meets the Rachel
530
The Cabin Ahab and Pip
536
The Symphony
542
The Chase Second Day
555
The Chase Third Day
563
Epilogue
573
Historical Note
581
Textual Record
763
Related Documents
955
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Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, poet and essayist. Melville toiled at various times as a sailor, banker, teacher and finally as a customs inspector. His novels include Typee, Omoo, and White Jacket, all published in authoritative editions by Northwestern University Press. He died in relative obscurity at the age of 72.

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