"Call me Ishmael," may be one of the most recognizable lines in literature, but Moby-Dick; or, The Whale didn’t achieve commercial success after its first publication in 1851 and was even out of print when Herman Melville died in 1891. It was not until the 20th century that Moby-Dick began its rise to American literary fame.
In 1930 Random House issued a trade edition of Rockwell Kent’s illustrated Moby-Dick. The illustrations originally appeared in the Lakeside Press three-volume limited edition. These images are incredibly iconic and for me it is hard to separate them from the story itself. Kent’s drawings perfectly evoke the drama and emotion of the Pequod’s journey and Ahab’s manic obsession with Moby Dick.
Moby-Dick is one of my favorite books! I even have a matching sweatshirt!
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P.S. If you can’t get through the whole novel, try listening to post-punk laptop rapper MC Lars’s song “Ahab” instead!