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New Book: The Whale and His Captors
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An authoritative new edition of a lost source of Melville’s Moby-Dick.

The Whale and His Captors or, The Whaleman's Adventures is an important firsthand account of the age of American whaling - Henry T. Cheever; Robert D. Madison, ed.; Mark Bousquet, afterword. The Whale and His Captors or, The Whaleman's Adventures is an important firsthand account of the age of American whaling - Henry T. Cheever; Robert D. Madison, ed.; Mark Bousquet, afterword. Published by University Press of New England.

The Whale and His Captors is an important firsthand account of the golden age of American whaling, chronicling both its lore and science as practiced from the inception of the fishery to the mid-1800s.

Late in the composition of Moby-Dick, Herman Melville found inspiration in Cheever and his writings that would provide the final flourishes for one of America’s classic novels. After exhausting other whaling sources—Beale, Scoresby, Bennett, and Browne—Melville turned to Cheever for chapter titles and organization as well as passages that helped shape, define, and elucidate his great work.

This is the first scholarly edition of The Whale and His Captors, accompanied by an introduction and apparatus that clearly elucidates Cheever’s treatise on whaling and demonstrates how his writings contributed both to the course of American literature and to our burgeoning understanding of literature’s engagement with the natural world.

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