Moby Dick and the Whaling Industry of the 19th Century

Looking at Literature Through Primary Sources

The novel Moby Dick is the story of a captain's obsession to get revenge by killing the white whale that had bitten off his leg. The climax of the novel, the attack and sinking of the whale ship Pequod by the white whale Moby Dick, was based on a true incident involving the whale ship Essex, which sank after being attacked by a whale. Using primary sources, this book illuminates the history of the whaling industry in its heyday and how Herman Melville used his life experience and research to create what some twentieth-century critics have called the greatest work of American fiction.

Library Bound Book List: $35.45 / S&L: $26.60

Reading Level: 5-8

Interest Level: 5-8

Product type : Library Bound Book
ISBN : 978-0-8239-4505-4
Author : Graham Faiella
Copyright : 2004
Language : English
Category : Social Studies, Primary Source
Pages : 64
Trim : 7 3/4" x 10 1/4"
Dewey : 813
ATOS : 7.1
ARPoints : 1
Subject : Social Studies, Primary Source
Binding : Library