In his introduction Harold Bloom suggests that the tragic protagonist of Moby-Dick, Captain Ahab, has only a few peers among American literary characters--though none wholly of his eminence. This text includes a brief biography of Melville, thematic and structural analysis of the work, and numerous essays by the best critics of the novel.
This series is edited by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University; Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English, New York University Graduate School. These texts are the ideal aid for all students of literature, presenting concise, easy-to-understand biographical, critical, and bibliographical information on a specific literary work. Also provided are multiple sources for book reports and term papers with a wealth of information on literary works, authors, and major characters. [via]