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978-0-87286-036-0 / 9780872860360

Call Me Ishmael

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Publisher:City Lights Books

Edition:Softcover

Language:English

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First published in 1947, this acknowledged classic of American literary criticism explores the influencesespecially Shakespearean oneson 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.

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