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ENG 330: Text and Context: Moby Dick (Spring 2016)

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

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The Novel

Publishing histories are useful to know when you are searching for criticism. For example, the novel Moby Dick was first released in London in October 1851 as The Whale. Thus, searching for "moby dick" may not yield complete results.

Used in the March 23rd Library Session

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Film Adaptations

Moby Dick has been adapted numerous times for film, radio, television, music, literature, graphic novels and the stage. The Sea Beast (1926) featured John Barrymore as Ahab in a very loose interpretation of the novel. Gregory Peck's Ahab in the 1956 version of Moby Dick, adapted by Ray Bradbury, is widely considered to be a classic. In the Heart of the Sea, the 2015 film directed by Ron Howard, is based on the real-life story of the whaling ship Essex, which inspired Melville's novel.