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For More on Melville
For More on Whaling
Online Melville Works, Annotated
Online Melville Works, Other
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Useful Essays
For Teachers
For Book Clubs
For Students
Guides to Literary Criticism
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Help While Reading   (back to top)

How Moby Dick got his name

Cutaway diagram of the Pequod

Map of the path of the Pequod

Interactive map of locations mentioned in the book

Overhead diagram of a whaleship

Rigging diagrams of whaleships

Side-view diagram of a whaleship

Free wallpaper download

For More on Melville   (back to top)

Arrowhead
The Pittsfield, Massachusetts house where Melville wrote Moby-Dick, among other works. Owned and operated by the Berkshire County Historical Society.

Herman Melville, Poet
After the commercial failure of Moby-Dick, Melville turned more and more to writing poetry. This site by Robert Sandberg introduces and analyzes that work. Includes the "Perpetual Melville Log," a calendar of important dates in the life and posthumous success of the author.

Houghton Library, Harvard University
A large (physical, not online) collection of Melville's papers, plus early editions of his works, and books from his personal library. Website offers online catalog search.

Melville's Marginalia Online
Provides Melville's handwritten notes in the margins of books he used as source material. Includes notes in his copy of Thomas Beale's The Natural History of the Sperm Whale, a major source for Moby-Dick. This growing site was created by Boise State University professor Steven Olsen-Smith.

Melville Memorial Room, Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
A large (physical) archive of research source material and Melville family memorabilia, housed in the public library of the town where Melville wrote Moby-Dick, among other works.

The Melville Society
A nonprofit group of scholars devoted to the study of Melville's works. Publishes Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies three times a year. The large and growing Melville Society Archive of primary sources and scholarship is housed at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts.

New York Public Library
Primary source material on Melville, including a collection of family papers.


For More on Whaling   (back to top)

New Bedford Whaling Museum
Includes an online collections search of its (physical) research library in New Bedford, Massachusetts.

The Plough Boy Journals of Lewis Monto
This site, created by Tom Tyler, provides not only the journals of a Nantucket seaman on two 19th-century whaling voyages, but many contemporary books and periodicals on whaling, including the full text of some of Melville's most important sources for Moby-Dick.

Whalecraft
An illustrated guide to the history and tools of the U.S. whaling industry, by Tom Lytle. Includes a directory of whaling and maritime museums around the world.


Online Melville Works, Annotated   (back to top)

Billy Budd
A hypertext version of the short novel, created by David Padilla. Includes a glossary and nautical allusions, among other resources.

The Confidence Man
A partially annotated version, created by Scott Eric Atkins of the University of Virginia. Full text of the book is available here, along with critical essays, but hypertext annotations do not function consistently.

Moby-Dick Online
Full text of the book, with a hypertext annotation by Wade Pinder in progress. Site also includes HTML versions of other Melville works.

Power Encantadas
Full text of Herman Melville's 1856 poem "The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles" (written under the pseudonym Salvator R. Tarnmoor), with a hypertext and sidenote annotation by Evander Price

Online Melville Works, Other   (back to top)

Free audio book of Moby-Dick

Moby-Dick in French

Moby-Dick in Italian

Moby-Dick in Russian

Short Story Archive
Full text of "I and My Chimney" and "The Lightning-Rod Man," plus links to other resources.

Online Books Page
Links to full text versions of many Melville works, compiled by John Mark Ockerbloom of the University of Pennsylvania.

Facsimile of first American edition of Moby-Dick.
From the Society for Readers of Arno Schmidt (German). Large PDF file.


Pages of Melville Links   (back to top)

American Literature Sites
A compendium of online Melville resources, compiled by Professor Donna Campbell of Washington State University.

The Life and Works of Herman Melville
A repository of information about the author and about sailing and whaling in general. Formerly maintained by Jim Madden of Norton, Ohio, it now seems to be frozen.

Literary History
Links to credible scholarly essays selected by Donna Jan Pridmore of Boston University.


Useful Essays   (back to top)

"Enjoying Moby-Dick by Herman Melville," by Ed Friedlander, M.D.
An online guide to approaching the book for the first time

"How to Love Moby-Dick," by Jack Murnighan
From Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits, (Three Rivers Press, 2009)

Moby-Dick: Into the Wonderworld, Audaciously," by Rebecca Stott
An essay in National Public Radio's "You Must Read This" series

"The Reader Recommends Moby-Dick," by Chris Routledge
A cogent case for reading this fantastic but difficult book. (Warning: contains partial spoilers.)


For Teachers   (back to top)

Confessions of an Aca-Fan
Henry Jenkins, co-founder of the M.I.T. Comparative Media Studies Program, on how to use fan fiction as a teaching tool in the study of Moby-Dick. Part one is linked to above, and here's part two.

Discovery Education, Journaling
Lesson on Moby-Dick and journal-keeping, by teacher Alisa Soderquist.

Discovery Education, From Fact to Fiction
Lesson on Moby-Dick and tragic heroes, by teacher Marilyn Fenichel.

Donna Campbell, Washington State University
Reading questions on Moby-Dick.

Heath Online Instructor's Guide
Guide to teaching Melville's short fiction, by retired Temple University professor Carolyn Karcher.

Laying the Foundation
Moby-Dick vocabulary lessons for AP test preparation. PDF file.

Web English Teacher
Comprehensive lesson plans for Moby-Dick and other Melville works.


For Book Clubs   (back to top)

The Great Books Foundation
An overview and questions about the book, plus biographical info about Melville.

Random House
Questions for readers. Site also contains an overview and biographical info on Melville.


For Students   (back to top)

Cliffs Notes online summary and study guide (some content free)

Cummings Guide online summary and analysis of themes and symbolism (all content free)

E Notes online summary and study guide (some content free)

EngLits audio and text notes download for iPhone and iPod ($)

Grade Saver online summary and study guide (some content free)

How Stuff Works 10 short educational videos on the book (all content free)

Last Minute Book Report short animated plot summary (free)

PinkMonkey online summary and study guide (some content free)

Shmoop straightforward, thorough, hyperlinked study guide (all content free)

Spark Notes online summary and study guide (some content free)


Guides to Literary Criticism   (back to top)

Bryant, John, Ed. A Companion to Melville Studies. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1986.

Gross, Theodore L. Hawthorne, Melville, Stephen Crane: A Critical Bibliography. New York: Free Press at Simon & Schuster, 1971.

Higgins, Brian. Herman Melville: An Annotated Bibliography, Volume I, 1846-1930. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1979.

Higgins, Brian. Herman Melville: A Reference Guide, 1931-1960. Boston: G.K. Hall, 1987.


If You Are Looking for "O Captain! My Captain!"   (back to top)

Here's an annotated version of the Walt Whitman poem.


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