SEA Currents: News
November 12, 2019
Ahab’s Rolling Sea by Richard King Reviewed in The American Scholar
BOOK REVIEW: Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick
by Richard King, SEA Visiting Associate Professor, Maritime History and Literature
"Pursuing the White Whale, A briny exploration of Melville’s greatest work"
By William Howarth
The American Scholar
"Since most Melville criticism occurs safely in drydock, his ocean life has long deserved a responsible re-examination. Richard J. King gives us natural history done Melville-style, looking over a ship’s rail, and this ingenious focus neatly weds field science and literary history, yielding a study that is fresh, provocative, and welcome."