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Moby Dick

by Herman Melville

Call me Ishmael, Moby-Dick begins, in one of the most recognizable opening lines in Western literature. The name has come to symbolize orphans, exiles, and social outcasts - in the opening paragraph of Moby-Dick,...


The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles

by Herman Melville

The ten “sketches” comprising The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles are based largely on author Herman Melville’s experience in the Galápagos Islands, combined with the recorded history of the islands, local...


Billy Budd

by Herman Melville

The young Billy is forced to enlist as a sailor in the British navy, a series of events will lead him to be wrongfully accused and tried for conspiracy.


Billy Budd

by Herman Melville

Billy Budd’s life takes an unexpected turn when he is pressed into service in the Royal Navy at the turn of the nineteenth century. Two recent mutinies and war with Revolutionary France make for tense conditions...


The Piazza

by Herman Melville

When the narrator decides to build a piazza at his new country home, his neighbours are amused when he decides to construct it on the north-facing side of his property. But the narrator is content, and when...


Billy Budd, Sailor

by Herman Melville

Enriched Classics offer readers accessible editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and commentary. Each book includes educational tools alongside the text, enabling students and readers...


Early American Classics: The Last of the Mohicans, The Scarlet Letter and Others

by James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville & Washington Irving et al.

Experience the beginning of American literature with these classic stories from authors such as James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe. Early American Classics includes: The Scarlet...


The Lightning-Rod Man

by Herman Melville

When an unnamed narrator opens his door to a lightning-rod salesman, the two become involved in a philosophical discussion about faith and the will of God. The salesman claims that the copper rod will protect...


The Bell-Tower

by Herman Melville

Bannadonna is an eccentric artist and architect who dreams up plans for a magnificent bell tower. After receiving approval from the city, Bannadonna happily begins construction, but local citizens begin to notice...


Bartleby and Benito Cereno

by Herman Melville

Bartleby is a haunting moral allegory set in the business world of 19th-century New York, while Benito Cereno is a harrowing tale of slavery and revolt aboard a Spanish ship, regarded by many as Melville's finest...


Bartleby, the Scrivener

by Herman Melville

An aging lawyer hires a new copyist to help with his firm’s workload, and at first he finds himself pleased with his new employee. Bartleby is quiet, efficient and he doesn’t display any of the loud eccentricities...


Moby Dick

by Herman Melville & Jr. William B. Jones

This is the exciting adventure of Captain Ahab's fervent hunt for the great white whale named Moby Dick

When Ishmael, a young adventurer, decides to join a whaling ship, he discovers that its commander, the...


Bartleby, The ScrivenerA Story of Wall-Street

by Herman Melville

Bartleby is a kind of clerk, a copyist, "who obstinately refuses to go on doing the sort of writing demanded of him." During the spring of 1851, Melville felt similarly about his work on Moby Dick. Thus, Bartleby...


Moby- Dick

by Elizabeth Renker, Herman Melville & Christopher Buckley

Moby-Dick is at once a thrilling adventure tale, a timeless allegory, and an epic saga of heroic determination and conflict. At its heart is the powerful, unknowable sea-and Captain Ahab, a brooding, one-legged...


Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

“From Hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee . . .”

Few literary masterworks cast quite as awesome a shadow as Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Captain Ahab’s quest...


Moby Dick

by Herman Melville

"Call me Ishmael," Moby Dick begins, in one of the most recognizable opening lines in Western literature. The name has come to symbolize orphans, exiles, and social outcasts-- in the opening paragraph of Moby...


Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street

by Herman Melville

Bartleby the Scrivener (1853), by Herman Melville, tells the story of a quiet, hardworking legal copyist who works in an office in the Wall Street area of New York City. One day Bartleby declines the assignment...


Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

Captain Ahab’s quest for the white whale is a timeless epic—a thrilling tale of vengeance and obsession, and a searing parable about humanity lost in a universe of moral ambiguity. Far ahead of its own time,...


Bartleby the Scrivener

by Herman Melville

"I prefer not to," he respectfully and slowly said, and mildly disappeared.

Academics hail it as the beginning of modernism, but to readers around the world—even those daunted by Moby-DickBartleby the Scrivener ...


Moby Dick

by Herman Melville

The last time Captain Ahab encountered the fearsome whale Moby Dick, his ship was destroyed and he lost a leg. Now the crazed captain is out for revenge at any cost, as he and his crew traverse the seas in search...