Sign in. The sole survivor of a lost whaling ship relates the tale of his captain's self-destructive obsession to hunt the white whale, Moby Dick. The whale caused the loss of Ahab's leg years before, leaving Ahab to stomp the boards of his ship on a peg leg.
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Our intrepid narrator, a former schoolteacher famously "called" Ishmael—is that actually his name? On his way to find a ship in Nantucket, he meets Queequeg, a heavily tattooed South Sea Island harpooneer just returned from his latest whaling trip. Ishmael and Queequeg become best buds and roommates almost immediately.
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Herman Melville[a] August 1, — September 28, was an American novelist, short story writer, and poet of the American Renaissance period. His best known works include Typeea romantic account of his experiences in Polynesian life, and his whaling novel Moby-Dick His work was almost forgotten during his last 30 years.
Moby-Dickwritten inrecounts the adventures of the narrator Ishmael as he sails on the whaling ship, Pequod, under the command of the monomaniacal Captain Ahab. Melville dedicated the book to fellow Dark RomanticNathaniel Hawthorne : "In token of my admiration for his genius, this book is inscribed to Nathaniel Hawthorne. We also offer a short story version of the chapter, The Chase for your convenience.