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by Herman Melville

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  1. Melville's Life
    Here's our guide to Melville's biography, a great source of background and historical context.

  2. One of Melville's Inspirations
    Melville had been rereading Shakespeare, especially Macbeth, around the time he wrote Moby-Dick. Compare the ambitions of the Scottish king and Ahab.