Call Me Ishmael / Edition 1

Call Me Ishmael / Edition 1

by Charles Olson
     
 

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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,

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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 the book that generated the most controversy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801857317
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
10/19/1997
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
1,274,629
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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