Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
Moby Dick by Herman MelvilleZela's Wine Bar, HighgateEight weeks13 Sept - 8 NovWednesdays 7-9 PM

 “Call me Ishmael. .  . .”


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—novel 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.


“I am half way in the work . . . It will be a strange sort of book, tho’, I fear; blubber is blubber you know; tho’ you might get oil out of it, the poetry runs as hard as sap from a frozen maple tree;—and to cool the thing up, one must needs throw in a little fancy, which from the nature of the thing, must be ungainly as the gambols of the whales themselves. Yet I mean to give the truth of the thing, spite of this.” —Herman Melville



  • Facilitated by Mark Cwik
  • Wednesday evenings 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • Eight meeting study starting 13 September 2017, running until 8 November 2017. (No meeting 25 October.)
  • 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: Zela’s Wine Bar, 216 Archway Road, Highgate, N6 5AX
  • £145 for eight meeting study includes opening notes and weekly preparatory notes


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