This classic story of high adventure, manic obsession, and
metaphysical speculation was Melville's masterpiece. The tale of
Captain Ahab's frantic pursuit of the cunning and notorious white
whale Moby Dick, is packed with drama, and draws heavily on the
author's own experiences on the high seas. This edition includes
passages from Melville's correspondence with Nathaniel Hawthorne,
in which the two discussed the philosophical depths of the novel's
plot and imagery.