Call Me Ishmael / Edition 1

Call Me Ishmael / Edition 1

by Charles Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801857317

ISBN-13: 9780801857317

Pub. Date: 10/19/1997

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

First published in 1947, this acknowledged classic of American literary criticism explores the influences -- especially Shakespearean ones -- on Melville's writing of Moby-Dick. One of the first Melvilleans to advance what has since become known as the "theory of the two Moby-Dicks," Olson argues that there were two versions of Moby-Dick, and that Melville's reading…  See more details below

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First published in 1947, this acknowledged classic of American literary criticism explores the influences -- especially Shakespearean ones -- on Melville's writing of Moby-Dick. One of the first Melvilleans to advance what has since become known as the "theory of the two Moby-Dicks," Olson argues that there were two versions of Moby-Dick, and that Melville's reading King Lear for the first time in between the first and second versions of the book had a profound impact on his conception of the saga: "the first book did not contain Ahab," writes Olson, and "it may not, except incidentally, have contained Moby-Dick." If literary critics and reviewers at the time responded with varying degrees of skepticism to the "theory of the two Moby-Dicks," it was the experimental style and organization of Olson's book that generated the most controversy. Passionate in his poetry, Olson was no less passionate in his reading of Melville. Impatient with what he regarded as traditional forms of literary criticism, Olson engaged his own creativity to write a book as robust, original, and compelling as Melville's masterpiece.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801857317
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/19/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
772,700
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Fact 1Prologue3
Part IFact
Call me Ishmael11
What Lies Under16
Usufruct26
Part IISource: Shakespeare
The Discovery of Moby-Dick35
American Shiloh41
Man, to Man44
King Lear47
A Moby-Dick Manuscript52
Captain Ahab and His Fool59
The Act64
Fact 2Dromenon77
Part IIIThe Book of the Law of the Blood81
Part IVLoss: Christ89
A Last Fact109
Part VThe Conclusion: Pacific Man113
Afterword: On Olson and Melville121

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