Moby Dick

'Atlas Shrugged' No Longer Ranks Among Americans' Top Ten Favorite Books
April 29, 2014

Ayn Rand is off; but F. Scott Fitzgerald is on; and Harper Lee moves up. 

Herman Melville Got No Respect
October 10, 1928: Lewis Mumford on Herman Melville's legacy
November 14, 2013

"Call me Ishmael," the first sentence in Herman Melville's Moby Dick, is one of the most recognized opening lines in American literature. It's ascendency into not just literary, but cultural notoriety, began 162 years today, with the first publication of Melville's story of the white whale.

From the Stacks: “The Significance of Herman Melville”
October 10, 1928
August 01, 2013

Herman Melville, the celebrated author behind Moby-Dick, would have been 194 today. In his honor, we bring you an essay by Lewis Mumford—a legend in his own right—on Melville's philosophy and outlook.