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Greg Lennes Today in Melvillean History: On January 22, 1921 an editorial appeared in the "London Nation" praising Melville's writings: “It is clear that the wind of the spirit, when it once begins to blow through the English literary mind, possesses a surprising power of penetration. A few weeks ago it was pleased to aim a simultaneous blast in the direction of a book known to some generations of men as Moby-Dick. A member of the staff of The Nation was thereupon moved in the ancient Hebrew fashion to buy and to read it. He then expressed himself on the subject, incoherently indeed, but with signs of emotion as intense and as pleasingly uncouth as Man Friday betrayed at the sight of his long-lost father. While struggling with his article, and wondering what the deuce it could mean, I received a letter from a famous literary man, marked on the outside ‘Urgent,’ and on the inner scroll of the manuscript itself ‘A Rhapsody.’ It was about Moby-Dick. Having observed a third article on the same subject, of an equally febrile kind, I began to read Moby-Dick myself. Having done so I hereby declare, being of sane intellect, that since letters began there never was such a book, and that the mind of man is not constructed so as to produce such another; that I put its author with Rabelais, Swift, Shakespeare, and other minor and disputable worthies; and that I advise any adventurer of the soul to go at once to the morose and prolonged retreat necessary for its deglutition.” :)
2018-01-22T15:55:10+0000
Greg Lennes From Salt Lake Tribune: "‘Moby-Dick’ opera transforms a massive novel into a human-scaled epic"
‘Moby-Dick’ opera transforms a massive novel into a human-scaled epic sltrib.com One of America’s most intimidating novels is now one of its most compelling operas.
2018-01-22T14:02:12+0000
Wyn Kelley Please get the word out! "MOBY-DICK and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age." NEH-funded Summer Teaching Institute to be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA) from June 17-30, 2018. Staffed by members of the Melville Society Cultural Project. March 1 deadline for teachers to apply for a spot. Spread the news!
2018-01-22T00:52:14+0000
Colin Dewey Spread the word to K-12 teachers you know! What a golden opportunity!
Melville Electronic Library https://teachingmelville.org/ Please get the word out! "MOBY-DICK and the World of Whaling in the Digital Age." NEH-funded Summer Teaching Institute to be held at the New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford, MA) from June 17-30, 2018. Staffed by members of the Melville Society Cultural Project. March 1 deadline for teachers to apply for a spot. Spread the news!
2018-01-22T01:45:19+0000
Clifford Jacobs Herman Melville. Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx New York. 2018-01-18T20:37:34+0000
Greg Lennes "Bringing Moby-Dick to the People: A Reading Marathon as a Class Community Engagement Project" by Marlowe Daly-Galeano.
Bringing Moby-Dick to the People: A Reading Marathon as a Class Community Engagement Project teachingpals.wordpress.com PALS Note: We are thrilled to have this guest post by Marlowe Daly-Galeano, an associate professor of English at Lewis-Clark State College, about a class project to develop and host a reading marat…
2018-01-19T20:38:34+0000
Eileen Valentino Flaxman I’ve never steered a ship at midnight nor dozed alongside a dead whale. Even so, I can relate to the hazards of lying awake – wherever situated – unable to still my mind . . . Chapter 96 – The Try–Works Whether your hand be on the tiller or the bedpost the night has a crafty way of turning dark things darker, scarier, more threatening. Especially at risk is that man prone to contemplation, for there are no limits to such a mind when the sun sets and the moon disappears. All one can do is pray for morning when the light of day puts to rest the torments of the night before. Chapter 117 – The Whale Watch Floating half-asleep beside a dead whale, a man's dreams turn toward death, and visions of hearses and coffins and gallows startle him awake. With a quick laugh and a vehement denial, he chases the fear away. “Immortal on land and on sea,” he insists, his hollow laugh ringing out over the empty, bleak night. He fools no one, not even himself. from my collection - 2018-01-19T16:01:06+0000
Colin Dewey
Why Does Moby-Dick (Sometimes) Have a Hyphen? smithsonianmag.com The hunt for the true story behind Melville's hyphen is as mysterious as the famous white whale
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Fernando Colavita "¿Y que sucedería si Ahab abandonara la búsqueda? Probablemente la pierna inexistente le dolería toda la vida" 2018-01-19T00:46:48+0000
Eli Ag Just started playing this but so far the details are fantastic. More like a board game then a video game, beautiful artwork too.
Picaresque Studio » Nantucket picaresquestudio.com Nantucket is a strategy seafaring game set in the golden age of American whaling, during the first half of the 19th century. The story takes place a few years after the disaster of the Pequod, where Captain Ahab and his crew lost their lives to Moby Dick. In the role of Ishmael, the only survivor of...
2018-01-18T19:12:58+0000
Greg Lennes From the Melvilliana Blog: New research by Scott Norsworthy discovers that Melville's comic sketch "The Lightning-Rod Man" was reprinted in several contemporary newspapers, including the Albany Evening Journal (August 5, 1854). It was originally published in the August 1854 issue of Putnam's Monthly Magazine.
The Lightning-Rod Man, reprinted from Putnam's in the Albany Evening Journal and elsewhere melvilliana.blogspot.com Cyclopædia of Wit and Humor Originally published in the August 1854 issue of Putnam's Monthly Magazine , Melville's comic sketch "The...
2018-01-18T15:30:29+0000
Greg Lennes FYI - "slight dash of flunkeyism" :)
Why Does Moby-Dick (Sometimes) Have a Hyphen? smithsonianmag.com The hunt for the true story behind Melville's hyphen is as mysterious as the famous white whale
2018-01-17T17:55:37+0000
Brian Yothers Please see the attached CFP for an opportunity to submit essays for consideration for the "Melville at 200" special issues of Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, in celebration of the 2019 bicentennial of Melville's birth. 2018-01-17T21:20:38+0000
Lawrence Klaes
“Therefore his shipmates called him mad”: The Science of Moby-Dick medium.com (In 2013, the Los Angeles Public Library asked me to write an essay about the science in Moby-Dick for an online celebration of the book…
2018-01-17T19:37:41+0000
Lawrence Klaes
Carl Zimmer Looks at the Science of Moby-Dick patheos.com Moby-Dick is a literary masterwork, but science author Carl Zimmer examines the scientific depth of Herman Melville's greatest novel.
2018-01-17T19:37:38+0000
Veselin Kuburovic Many thanks for accepting my request to join this group. I bought ``Billy Budd & Other Stories`` on January 8th. Anyone here willing to give good recommendation on this work?
2018-01-17T00:49:07+0000
Greg Lennes The play based on Jana Laiz's book about Melville, "Billy Budd in the Breadbox!"
Berkshire Theatre Group Ahoy, Matey! History comes to life in the exciting and engaging new play, "Billy Budd in the Breadbox," about Herman Melville, author of "Moby Dick." Running at the Garage (in the Colonial Lobby) during 2018 School Vacation Week (2/18-2/24).

Featuring stirring stories about local Berkshire history, including Arrowhead, Mt. Greylock, and Monument Mountain, "Billy Budd in the Breadbox," is suggested for ages 6 and up. Tickets are on sale now >> www.berkshiretheatregroup.org or call 413-997-4444. #intheberkshires #hermanmelville
2018-01-17T18:58:03+0000
Greg Lennes From NPR: "Moby-Dick Marathon – Celebrating An American Literary Classic "
Moby Dick Marathon – Celebrating An American Literary Classic capeandislands.org On the frigid first weekend in January, crowds gathered inside the large gallery at the New Bedford Whaling Museum for the 22 nd annual Moby Dick Marathon.
2018-01-15T15:48:51+0000
Fernando Colavita My favorite book ever... 2018-01-17T00:49:15+0000
Greg Lennes "The 22nd Moby Dick Marathon at New Bedford Whaling Museum" by Caroline Hack - enjoyable essay on the event!
The 22nd Moby Dick Marathon at New Bedford Whaling Museum - Caroline Hack carolinehack.com The 22nd Moby Dick Marathon at New Bedford Whaling Museum 2018
2018-01-16T15:22:50+0000

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