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Moby Dick or The whale

by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (1851) is a novel by Herman Melville, in which Ishmael narrates the monomaniacal quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on the albino sperm whale Moby Dick, which on...


Billy Budd and Other Stories

by Herman Melville

Billy Budd and Other Stories is a collection of author Herman Melville’s most remarkable short stories. In the titular story, unfinished at the time of the author’s death, Billy Budd’s life takes an unexpected...


Benito Cereno

by Herman Melville

When approached at sea by the slaver San Dominick, Captain Amasa Delano of the Bachelor’s Delight is struck by the Spanish ship’s dilapidated condition, her peculiar captain—Benito Cereno—and the strange...


The Confidence-Man

by Herman Melville

In Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade, a group of steamboat passengers paddle to New Orleans on April Fool’s Day. As the Mississippi carries them down river, everyone is selling something:...


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,...


Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

Moby-Dick is considered a great American novel of the Romantic Period. The British edition first appeared in October 1851 as The Whale, while the American edition appeared in November under its definitive title...


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...


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

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...


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...


Moby-Dick

by Herman Melville

“Call me Ishmael” is the iconic opening line of Herman Melville’s classic American novel, Moby-Dick. Ishmael is a seaman aboard the whaling vessel, Pequod, under the vengeful captain, Ahab. Maniacally seeking...


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...