The Whale and His Captors; or, The Whaleman's Adventures
Henry T. CheeverPaper: $40.00
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|Paper Publication Date:||05/01/2018|
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|Cloth Publication Date:||05/01/2018|
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|E-book Publication Date:||05/01/2018|
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The present edition is a fascinating work, containing all the illustrations from the original 1850 text. It is particularly suited for scholars interested in American maritime studies, literary criticism, and especially Melville and his work. . . . Recommended.
Among those who preceded Herman Melville on the whaleman’s storm-tossed literary seas, the Rev. Henry T. Cheever was especially intriguing. Madison has freshly edited Cheever’s 1850 book, supplied insightful additions of their own, and brought together an array of contextual materials in a rich appendix.
--Wayne Franklin, author of James Fenimore Cooper: The Early Years and The Later Years
Madison constructs illuminating literary and nautical contexts for this eyewitness account of life on a whaler and is especially good at tracing Cheever’s influence on Moby-Dick, as well as his changeable attitudes toward its author, Herman Melville.
--Hugh Egan, Ithaca College
Sharing new discoveries and insights, the edition’s supplementary materials contribute to ongoing scholarship by accurately contextualizing Cheever and Melville within their own time-and by illuminating their respective connections to our own.
--Steven Olsen-Smith, general editor, Melville’s Marginalia Online
HENRY T. CHEEVER (1814–1897) was born and educated in Maine. In the early 1840s he voyaged as a passenger on the whaling ship Commodore Preble. Cheever published The Whale and His Captors a year or two before Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick appeared in 1851. ROBERT D. MADISON is professor of English at the U.S. Naval Academy and an editor of Northwestern-Newberry editions of the writings of Herman Melville.