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Moby-Dick; or, The Whale: An Authoritative Text, Reviews and Letters by Melville, Analogues and Sources, Criticism. Excluding the preliminaries and the one extract, the three volumes of the British edition came to 927 pages [128] and the single American volume to 635 pages. Whale’s magical realism provides an entertaining element, imbuing hidden meaning in even the simplest turns of events.

Alexander Welsh argues that Carlyle figured "largely in the undertaking of Moby Dick", noting that the "figure of the sheep in 'The Funeral' . As he drew near, with his long curved back looming occasionally above the surface of the billows, we perceived that it was white as the surf around him; and the men stared aghast at each other, as they uttered, in a suppressed tone, the terrible name of MOCHA DICK!

On November 14, the American edition, Moby-Dick, was published and the same day reviewed in both the Albany Argus and the Morning Courier and New-York Enquirer. Perceived grammatical or stylistic anomalies were treated with "a highly conservative interpretation of rules of 'correctness '". This is the stubborn Melville who stood by Mardi and talked about his other, more commercial books with contempt. Henceforth, he uses his coffin for a spare seachest, which is later caulked and pitched to replace the Pequod 's life buoy.

By the end of the month, "wearied with the long delay of printers", Melville came back to finish work on the book in Pittsfield. Second, Ahab's developing responses to the meetings plot the "rising curve of his passion" and of his monomania.

After three years, the first edition was still available, almost 300 copies of which were lost when a fire broke out at the firm in December 1853. Browne's comment on "the [Sperm-Whale's] eyes but small, the pizell [penis] large, and prominent" [96] likely helped shape the comical chapter concerning whale penises, "The Cassock". Melville first proposed the British publication in a June 27, 1850, letter to Richard Bentley, London publisher of his earlier works. Mocha Dick or the d----l [devil]', said I, 'this boat never sheers off from any thing that wears the shape of a whale. First mate Owen Chase, one of eight survivors, recorded the events in his 1821 Narrative of the Most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex.

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