One of the most widely-read and respected books in all American literature, Moby Dick is the saga of Captain Ahab and his unrelenting pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed him during their last encounter. A novel blending high-seas romantic adventure, symbolic allegory, and the conflicting ideals of heroic determination and undying hatred, Moby Dick is also revered for its historical accounts of the whaling industry of the 1800's.
Top scholars John Bryant and Haskell Springer give Melville's anointed epic of obsession and revenge a thorough revision, reinserting the materials expurgated by early British publishers as well as incorporating revisions by the author and alterations performed by fellow Melville scholars over the years. The result is the closest version to Melville's first printed American text as is now available. Changes and additions are set off in grey type to show readers what was removed, revised, etc. Along with the corrected text, this includes many sweet extras, like textual notes, an essay on the various revisions, a bibliography of the sources Melville consulted, a list for further reading, illustrations ranging from ship diagrams and movie stills to comic art, a map of the Pequod's journey, and a glossary. All that for $19.95 makes this a must-have for public and academic libraries. A grand achievement that will benefit readers for ages.