Moby Dick

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Heard On University Of The Air

It’s a strange book in some ways—part novel, part theater and part documentary. In 1851 Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Today it’s considered a literary masterpiece, but in its day it was so overlooked that it began Melville’s slide into obscurity. I’m NG./ In the hour to come, during University of the Air, Melville expert Jeffrey Steele will tell us how Melville came to write Moby Dick, why his contemporaries didn’t take to it, why it was censored in England, and the meaning behind some of its characters and scenes. Most surprisingly, we’ll find out what significance Melville likely placed in the great white whale.

Episode Credits

  • Norman Gilliland Host
  • Norman Gilliland Producer
  • Jeffrey Steele Guest