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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Notice of The Town-Ho's Story, Newark Daily Advertiser

The Town-Ho's Story first appeared in the October 1851 issue of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, offered as an extract from Herman Melville's forthcoming novel The Whale (as the British edition was titled). The Town-Ho narrative forms chapter 54 in the American edition of Moby-Dick.

Reviewing Harper's for October, the Newark Daily Advertiser on September 29, 1851 alluded to "The Town-Ho's Story" and the forthcoming Whale, both favorably:

Newark Daily Advertiser - September 29, 1851
via GenealogyBank
"We are glad to have a foretaste of the fine dish which Herman Mellville is soon to offer us, and we venture to predict, that our friends will not shrink from going the whole WHALE (which is the title of the note from which this extract is taken) as soon as they have the chance."
Edited by Samuel Jackson Gardner, the father of Melville's friend Augustus Kinsley Gardner.

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