Return to the Classics: "Moby Dick"Massman Hall - room 241
Monday, November 3, 2014 @ 7 p.m.
Return to the Classics, a great books discussion led by Tom Ventresca, '70, will examine Herman Melville’s epic sea story, Moby-Dick. “Call me Ishmael,” one of Western literature’s most recognizable opening lines, begins the Ishmael-narrated story of Captain Ahab and his pursuit of the elusive and enigmatic giant sperm whale, Moby Dick.
Melville’s book, his sixth, was considered a commercial failure and was out of print at the time of his death in 1891. It was not until the 1920s, when D.H. Lawrence called Moby-Dick “the greatest book of the sea ever written,” that the novel’s reputation began to engage a 20th century readership. Today, Moby-Dick not only is an American classic, but also is heralded as one of greatest novels in the English language.
To reserve a space for the Moby-Dick discussion, contact The Center for Arts and Letters at 816-501-4607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost, $25 per person, includes a copy of the book (Norton Critical Edition) and refreshments; $10 for the discussion and reception only.
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