9781586174163

Moby-Dick

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  • ISBN13:

    9781586174163

  • ISBN10:

    1586174169

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/1/2011
  • Publisher: Ignatius Pr
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Summary

A sea adventure, a study of evil, and a cast of fascinating characters, including the crazed captain who is obsessed with hunting down the whale that maimed him - Moby Dick is all of this and more. Based on the author's experiences as a sailor, Herman Melville's probing look into the human heart has been read and analyzed from every angle, including the most absurd. The tragic tale is looked at afresh in this Ignatius Critical Edition, which examines the background and other writings of the author and provides his essay on a work by his literary friend Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Author Biography

Mary R. Reichardt is Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She received a PhD in literature from the University of Wisconson, Madison. She has published eight books, including Catholic Women Writers, Exploring Catholic Literature, Between Human and Divine: The Catholic Vision in Contemporary Literature, and the two-volume Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature. Joseph Pearce is the author of many acclaimed biographies of major Christian literary figures. He is Writer in Residence and Associate Professor of Literature at Ave Maria University in Florida, Editor-in-Chief of Sapientia Press, as well as Co-Editor of the Saint Austin Review (or StAR), an international review of Christian culture, literature, and ideas.

Table of Contents

ôA Large and Liberal Themeö: An Introduction to Moby-Dickp. ix
The Text of Moby-Dickp. 1
Classic Criticism
Excerpts from ôHawthorne and His Mossesöp. 653
Contemporary Criticism
Apocalyptic Readings of Moby-Dick: What Ishmael Returns to Tell Usp. 661
ôCivilized Hypocrisies and Bland Deceitsö in Moby-Dickp. 679
Moby-Dick: The Republic at Seap. 691
Contributorsp. 705
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