Moby Dick

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Moby Dick

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The Life and Works of Herman Melville
Go to Biographical for information on Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne; observatins on Melville by friends, family members, and celebrities; Melville’s reflections on his works, life, and other topics; and Melville’s obituary notices. Go to The Works for publishing history, excerpts, and contemporary reviews. The Postscript section has links to whales, sailing information, other American writers, and other great literary sites.

Herman Melville
Site includes dozens of questions on Moby Dick and contemporary (1850s) views of Melville. There is a bibliography and even a Moby Dick crossword puzzle.

Moby Dick Lesson Plan
A Discovery School lesson plan for grades 9-12. Grounded in 19th century New England whaling history, students do research and compose at least five journal entries by the sailor or captain. There are also six discussion questions and links to whale sites. You can also create worksheets, puzzles and quizzes on Moby Dick at this site. See also From Fact to Fiction: Moby Dick  lesson plan where students conduct a debate on whether Captain Ahab was a tragic hero.

Sea Shanties in Moby Dick (1956)

Voyage of the Odyssey: Moby Dick (PBS)
“The sinking of the whale ship Essex by an enraged Sperm whale was the event that inspired the climactic scene of Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. But the point at which Melville’s novel ends with the sinking of the ship, marks the beginning of the terrible real life story of the Essex disaster.” Listen to Listen to the related ‘Voice from the Sea’ pieces by Dr. Roger Payne in REAL AUDIO. View video clips from the movie Moby Dick starring Patrick Stewart. The scenes are based on the real life tragedy of the whaleship Essex.

Herman Melville
From the Literature Network, biography, related links, quizzes and forum discussions about Melville as well as his fiction, short stories, and poetry.

The entire work in electronic format
Students can read the novel online by clicking through the links. BecauseMoby Dick is in the public domain, it can also be read via Google Books as show below.

Enjoying Moby Dick
An M.D. and former literature student at Brown offers a “non-expert” take on Moby Dick. Features six different on-line texts, synopses, class notes, lesson plans, vocabulary and interesting connections to biography and history.

30 quotations from Moby Dick From LitNotes, 30 of the most famous lines from the novel.

Melville: Poet
This brief essay explains how Melville was inspired to write poetry by the Civil War.

Sperm Whales: The Real Moby Dick
A PBS site to learn the facts behind the mystique of the sperm whale, the beast immortalized by Herman Melville in MOBY DICK.

Moby Dick 1956
Information on the film version of the novel.

Melville’s Letters to Hawthorne
A collection of letters, and excerpts of correspondence sent from Melville to Hawthorne during the early days of their friendship.

Student Guides with plenty of background information and chapter quizzes: