Moby dick or the whale jan needle herman melville patrick benson on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers handsome pencil ink and watercolor illustrations on nearly every spread evoke the vastness and unfathomable mystery of the sea. There is more than one author with this name herman melville was an american novelist short story writer essayist and poet his first two books gained much attention though they were not bestsellers and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later wyn kelley editor moby dick or the whale by herman melville . Moby dick or the whale herman melville moby dick or the whale moby dick or the whale is a novel by american writer herman melville published in 1851 during the period of the american renaissance sailor ishmael tells the story of the obsessive quest of ahab captain of the whaler pequod for revenge on moby dick the white whale that on the previous whaling voyage bit off ahab . Moby dick herman melville jan needle patrick benson on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers haunted by prophesies of his own death captain ahab hunts the vast waters of the pacific in search of the great white whale that has become his obsession this towering novel has been sympathetically edited to a tenth of its original length. Jan needle is the editor of bram stokers dracula illustrated by gary blythe a journalist and playwright before turning to childrens books he is the author of several novels for children and has twice been short listed for the carnegie medal jan needle lives in manchester england patrick benson has illustrated dozens of childrens books including owl babies by martin waddell squeaks
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