Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
Moby Dick by Herman MelvilleKentish TownEight weeks15 April - 03 JuneSundays 6:30-8:30 PM

“Call me Ishmael. .  . .”

When first published in 1851, Moby-Dick, or The Whale, was a critical and commercial failure that effectively ended Herman Melville’s professional writing career. A century and a half later, Moby Dick ranks as one of the greatest works in the English language. Its three famous opening words, and the image of the one-legged Ahab in mad pursuit of the great White Whale, have risen to the level of cultural icons. This grand—and occasionally grandiose—adventure tale unites the many voices of Herman Melville in a mongrel mix of epic poetry, Shakespearean tragedy, encyclopedic cataloguing, biblical oratory—and not a small dose of comedy. With Moby Dick, Melville presents us an insightful study of obsession, madness and charismatic leadership also anticipates many of our contemporary conversations of democracy, cosmopolitanism, capitalism and environmentalism.


“I am half way in the work . . . It will be a strange sort of book, tho’, I fear; blubber is blubber you know. . . Yet I mean to give the truth of the thing, spite of this.” —Herman Melville



  • Facilitated by Mark Cwik
  • Sunday evenings 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Eight meeting study starting 15 April 2018, running until 3 June 2018.
  • Recommended edition: Moby Dick (Norton Critical Edition, Second Edition), by Herman Melville, edited by Herschel Parker and Harrison Nayford; W.W. Norton & Co.; ISBN-13: 978-0393972832
  • Location: Kentish Town
  • £145 for eight meeting study includes opening notes and weekly preparatory notes


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