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Author: Herman Melville

Year Published: 1851

Type: Novel

Genre: Adventure

Perspective and Narrator:

The character Ishmael narrates Moby-Dick using both a first-person and a third-person point of view.


Moby-Dick is told in the past tense.

About the Title:

Captain Ahab engages in a mad quest to locate and kill the white whale Moby Dick. The hyphen that appears in the title of the American edition of Moby-Dick has long puzzled scholars, because the whale is only referred to with a hyphen once in the book. Scholars' solution is to use a hyphen in the book title but not in the whale's name.


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