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  1. Moby-Dick(ProperNoun)

    A work originally titled The Whale in 1851 by Herman Melville, a highly symbolic story about a whaling ship led by Captain Ahab, which begins u201CCall me Ishmael.u201D

  2. Moby-Dick(ProperNoun)

    The elusive white whale hunted in this novel.

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  1. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

    Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is the sixth book by American writer Herman Melville and an epic sea story of Captain Ahab's voyage in vengeful pursuit of Moby Dick, a sperm whale who bit off Ahab's leg at a previous encounter. The book received mixed reviews and became a contemporary commercial failure. Out of print at the time of the author's death in 1891, its reputation rose during the twentieth century. D.H. Lawrence called it "the greatest book of the sea ever written." Jorge Luis Borges praised the style: "Unforgettable phrases abound." Today it is considered one of the Great American Novels and a leading work of American Romanticism. The opening line, "Call me Ishmael", is one of the most recognizable opening lines in Western literature. Ishmael then narrates the voyage of the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ahab has one purpose: revenge on Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white whale which on a previous voyage destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg at the knee.

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