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Herman Melville

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"Towards thee I roll, thou all-destroying but unconquering whale; to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee."

A sea adventure, a study of evil, and a cast of fascinating characters, including the crazed captain who is obsessed with hunting down the whale that maimed him — Moby-Dick is all of this and more.

Study Guide to Moby-Dick

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ICE Study Guides are constructed to aid the reader of ICE classics to achieve a level of critical and literary appreciation befitting the works themselves.

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Based on the author's experiences as a sailor, Herman Melville's probing look into the human heart has been read and analyzed from every angle, including the most absurd. The tragic tale is looked at afresh in this Ignatius Critical Edition, which examines the background and other writings of the author and provides his essay on a work by his literary friend Nathaniel Hawthorne.

A look at the essays

Classic Criticism

  • "Excerpts from 'Hawthorne and His Mosses'" – Herman Melville

Contemporary Criticism

Mary R. Reichardt situates the reader with the introductory essay.

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Meet the Minds behind the Moby-Dick Edition


Mary Reichardt

Mary Reichardt

Mary Reichardt is Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota. She received a PhD in literature from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has published eight books, including Catholic Women Writers (Greenwood, 2001), Exploring Catholic Literature (Sheed and Ward / Rowman and Littlefield, 2003), the two-volume Encyclopedia of Catholic Literature (Greenwood, 2004), and Between Human and Divine: The Catholic Vision in Contemporary Literature (Catholic University of America Press, 2010).

Critical Essayists

Robert Alexander

Robert Alexander has been a teacher for nearly forty years. A full professor, he is currently an adjunct at the University of Dallas, where he teaches all the great literary works from Homer to the moderns in the university's renowned core curriculum. At present, he is on leave writing a book in which he argues that the three traditional genres — lyric, narrative, and drama — have their ontological roots in the three Persons of the Trinity.

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Mitchell Kalpakgian

Mitchell Kalpakgian earned degrees from Bowdoin College (B.A.), the University of Kansas (M.A.), and the University of Iowa (Ph.D.). He has completed fifty years of teaching at a number of small liberal arts colleges including Simpson College (Iowa), Christendom College (Virginia), and Wyoming Catholic College. He currently teaches part-time at various schools and colleges in New Hampshire (Thomas More College, The College of Saint Mary Magdalen, Mount Royal Academy, and New England Classical Academy). He is a contributing editor of New Oxford Review, writes for St. Austin Review and Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and reviews books for The Wanderer. He has published six books: The Marvelous in Fielding's Novels, The Mysteries of Life in Children's Literature, The Lost Arts of Modern Civilization, An Armenian Family Reunion, Modern Manners: The Poetry of Conduct and The Virtue of Civility, and The Virtues We Need Again. He has designed homeschooling literature courses for Seton Home School, and he also teaches online courses for Queen of Heaven Academy. He has written online columns for The Seton Magazine (, Truth and Charity Forum (, and The Civilized Reader (

Stephen Zelnick

Stephen Zelnick, PhD, teaches British literature at Temple University and has written on William Shakespeare, Daniel Defoe, Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, as well as on curriculum design. He is cofounder of the Association for Core Texts and Courses, has directed Temple's Intellectual Heritage Program, and has served as vice provost for undergraduate studies. He also consults on international curriculum projects.

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