Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Moby-Dick in the Detroit Free Press

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Not in Herman Melville: The Contemporary Reviews, this brief but flattering notice assigns to Moby-Dick the subtitle of Harry Martingale (1848):
"The adventures of a whaleman."
From the Detroit Free Press, November 21, 1851:
MOBY DICK.--The adventures of a whaleman. by Herman Mellville, author of Typee. Harper & Bros.--This peculiarly piquant narrative, reminds one forcibly of the earlier productions of the author. Its stirring scenes and adventures on the bosom of the broad Pacific, will be the life of the forecastle, on many a stormy night,
"When winds are piping high,"
and for landsmen also, will possess a peculiar charm.
For sale by McFarren.