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Moby-Dick published 1851


It was a total failure. While not his first, or his last story published, most of which were well received, Moby-Dick wasn’t even a blip on the classic radar. What eventually made it a classic? I have no idea, that particular piece of information isn’t to be found.



  1. Denise Eagan says:

    One of the coolest things about Moby Dick, I think, was that it was dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorn. One of the biographies I read about Hawthorn said that he consindered himself “just a romance writer”. Not certain how true that is, but it was pretty cool to read for those of us who write romances.

    I’ve used both authors to help me come up with authentic Victorian dialogue.

  2. Christine Koehler says:

    You’re probably right about that dedication, Dee. Hawthorn and Melville were close friends for a while, before they drifted apart. I don’t recall how they drifted apart, only that they did.

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