Routledge Literary Sourcebooks offer a starting point for those wishing to make informed yet original interpretations of key literary texts.
With a careful balance of commentary and reprinted material, each volume in this series introduces a text's:
* critical history, from publication to the present
*performance and/or adaptation.
Editors then demonstrate the value of such secondary reading by returning to key passages of the text in question. Suggestions for further reading equip students to explore beyond the Sourcebook.
Many consider Herman Melville's Moby-Dick to be one of the great American novels. This Routledge Literary Sourcebook contains everything essential to an informed reading of this epic text, including:
* a contextual overview
* contemporary documents such as essays and Melville's letters
* early critical reviews
* a history of the reception of the novel up to and including the most recent 'cutting edge' scholarship
* important annotated passages from Moby-Dick
This Routledge Literary Sourcebook is the essential guide to one of the most famous novels of all time.