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To: nickcarraway

2 words: Newspaper Serial. Back in the day, the main way for people to read well-known books was through newspapers serials. Most of Dickens’ books were read this way as was Moby Dick. And to sell more newspapers, Melville padded the novel to include all kinds of things that normally would have been left out of an unserialized book - for example the step-by-step instructions on how to cut up a whale.


3 posted on 08/11/2012 7:55:06 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: vbmoneyspender

Exactly. Channels of distribution matter for what is a consumer product.


4 posted on 08/11/2012 7:58:50 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: vbmoneyspender
instructions on how to cut up a whale ...
I suppose that's true, and Melville does have Ishmael decide that whales are fish. Editors aside though, it's still great story and leaves you with an idea of what life at sea was like. I have a feeling that long after Liza Klausmann is forgotten(maybe next week?) the book will still be read.
6 posted on 08/11/2012 8:06:19 PM PDT by Old North State
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To: vbmoneyspender
2 words: Newspaper Serial.

Where do you get this? I never heard of it, and I don't see it on a quick check, which indicates it was introduced as a completed book.

18 posted on 08/11/2012 8:55:33 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: vbmoneyspender

Melville’s “Moby Dick” is the first purely American novel.


39 posted on 08/12/2012 4:23:58 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (I didn't post this. Someone else did.)
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To: vbmoneyspender
2 words: Newspaper Serial.

Don't think so. Melville had some notoriety from previous books, but was not a widely acclaimed author with a vast following as Dickens was. I can find no evidence it was serialized prior to publication in book form.

It was first published by Richard Bentley in London on October 18, 1851, in an expurgated three-volume edition titled The Whale, and weeks later as a single volume, by New York City publisher Harper and Brothers as Moby-Dick; or, The Whale on November 14, 1851. The book initially received mixed reviews, but Moby-Dick is now considered part of the Western canon,[3] and at the center of the canon of American novels.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby-Dick

44 posted on 08/12/2012 10:01:30 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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