|Moby Dick by Herman Melville||Zela's Wine Bar, Highgate||Eight weeks||13 Sept - 8 Nov||Wednesdays 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
TO REGISTER for the study, please use the secure Paypal payment button below to pay £145. Opening notes will be sent shortly after registration.
FOR WEDNESDAY EVENING STUDY:
If you have any questions about this study, please contact us.