After the sheets had been sent, Melville changed the title. He subsequently became Nantucket's night watchman. The Nantucketer, he alone resides and riots on the sea; he alone, in Bible language, goes down to it in ships; to and fro ploughing it as his own special plantation. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Register to view this lesson Are you a student or a teacher? Unlock Your Education See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.
Beauty and the Book:
The True Story Behind 'Moby-Dick' is Scarier than a Cannibal Horror Film
Both ships sight whales simultaneously, with the Pequod winning the contest. One problem was that since the English edition omitted the epilogue, British reviewers read a book with a first-person narrator who apparently did not survive to tell the tale. Herman Melville later speculated that all would have survived had they followed Captain Pollard's recommendation and sailed to Tahiti. The earliest American review, in the Boston Post for November 20, quoted the London Athenaeum ' s scornful review, not realizing that some of the criticism of The Whale did not pertain to Moby-Dick. Some of those stories, passed from generation to generation, tell of death-defying adventures, dangerous battles, exotic lands, and giant and deadly sea creatures.