A Whale's Tale

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Eight ways to spot the elusive 'Moby-Dick' on stage and screen

In Herman Melville’s 1851 novel “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale,” peg-legged Captain Ahab takes to the sea seeking revenge on the titular white whale that tore off his leg and maimed his ego. Ahab’s quest is an obsessive one against a mammal that does not appear in the novel until after about 600 pages....

  • 7 things you should know about the opera 'Moby-Dick'

    7 things you should know about the opera 'Moby-Dick'

    When author Herman Melville’s “Moby-Dick; or, The Whale” was first published in 1851, it was a commercial flop. At the time, the novel was considered too long, too convoluted and perhaps too metaphorical for readers used to Melville’s straight-forward adventure stories. “Moby-Dick” achieved acclaim...

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