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- Dowling, David Oakey, 1967-
- Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, c2010.
1 online resource (viii, 242 p.) : ill.
- Melville, Herman, 1819-1891. Moby Dick.
Sea stories, American -- History and criticism.
Whaling in literature.
Whales in literature.
- Shipping out
That everlasting itch: the allure of whaling and marathon reading
Queequeg's ink: the dilemma of reading the inscrutable
Readers and crew
Captain and mates: honored readers
Harpooners and sailors: the unsung readers
Twenty-five tumultuous hours
Survival: enduring the sledge-hammering seas of the soul
The breach: exulting in the whale.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on print version record.
"The nonstop reading of Melville's titanic epic 'Moby Dick' in the setting of New Bedford's Whaling Museum has inspire[d] this fresh look at the novel in light of its most devoted followers. With some trepidation, David Dowling joined the ranks of the Melvillians to participate in the event for the full twenty-five hours. He survived to [tell] the tale of the voyage to the marathon reading that organizes his critical analysis of the novel from its romantic departure to its sledgehammering seas, detailing the culture of the top brass to the common crew and scrutinizing the inscrutable in and through Melville's great novel"--Provided by publisher.
Electronic reproduction. Palo Alto, Calif. Available via World Wide Web.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Allan and Philip Carlson Memorial Fund.
- ebrary, Inc.
Allan and Philip Carlson Memorial Fund.
- Other format:
- Print version: Chasing the white whale.
- 1587299402 (electronic bk.)
9781587299407 (electronic bk.)
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- The Allan and Philip Carlson Memorial Fund Home Page