Author: Herman Melville
Year Published: 1851
Description: One of the most well-known pieces of America literature, Moby Dick (officially titled Moby Dick; or, The Whale) by Herman Melville chronicles sea ship Captain Ahab's monomaniacal pursuit of a great white whale. The impetus for his hunt is revenge; on a previous voyage, the whale destroyed his ship and took his leg below the knee. Against this backdrop of determination rooted in detestation, the book portrays life at sea for the ship's crew, one of whom is the story's narrator, Ishmael, as well as allegorizes the concept of Manifest Destiny that characterized America in the mid-1800s.
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'As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.'