Moby Dick, novel by Herman Melville, published in London in October as The Whale and a month later in New York City as Moby-Dick; or, The Whale. It is dedicated to Nathaniel Hawthorne. Moby Dick is generally regarded as Melville’s magnum opus and one of the greatest American novels. Kent, Rockwell: illustration of Moby Dick. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale () is a novel by Herman Melville considered an outstanding work of Romanticism and the American Renaissance. Ishmael narrates the monomaniacal quest of Ahab, captain of the whaler Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, a white whale which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg at the knee/5(58).
Did Melville Borrow the Idea for 'Moby Dick'?: NPR.