nisiprius wrote:Nathaniel Hawthorne was impressed by it. In "A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys," in one of the interludes the narrator is telling the kids about the literary Berkshires and mentions "On the hither side of Pittsfield sits Herman Melville, shaping out the gigantic conception of his 'White Whale,' while the gigantic shape of Graylock looms upon him from his study-window." But it didn't actually become recognized as an important book until the 1930s or thereabouts. A version illustrated by Rockwell Kent was published by the Book-of-the-Month Club was a best-seller, but the illustrations contributed to it--so much so that people sometimes erroneously referred to "Moby-Dick, by Rockwell Kent."
Reminds me of the three stages of a scientific discovery:
- 1) Everyone says you're wrong.
2) Everyone says you're just saying what everyone already knows.
3) The wrong person gets the credit.
nisiprius wrote:Ishmael and Queequeg get married and live happily ever after.
...and Nahum Tate is alive and well.