SEA Currents: News
October 24, 2019
SEA’s Dr. Richard King Traces Natural History of Moby-Dick (PLUS: Event Nov. 5 in Sandwich)
SEA Semester in the NEWS
"Looking beyond its literary merits, a historian traces the natural history of Moby-Dick"
By Christopher Kemp
Review of AHAB'S ROLLING SEA, a new book by Dr. Richard King, SEA Visiting Associate Professor of Maritime History and Literature.
After a string of successes, Herman Melville published his sixth book, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, in 1851. Almost no one noticed. It was a slow burner. By the time Melville died in 1891, he had sold a few thousand copies and the book was out of print. In the almost two centuries since it was published, Moby-Dick—a primal blood-spattered tale of a revenge-obsessed sea captain’s quest to hunt down and kill an elusive white sperm whale—has slowly taken on a dark reverberative power.
UPCOMING EVENT: Dr. King will discuss his new book at the Sandwich Public Library, 142 Main Street, Sandwich, Cape Cod, MA, on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 6:30 pm. Admission is free. The event co-sponsored by Titcomb's Bookshop and the Sandwich Public Library. To reserve a ticket.