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The Story Behind Moby Dick by Herman Melville

  • Feb 24, 2014

Watch a short film by Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark with the story behind Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.



Limited first edition of Rockwell Kent’s Moby Dick


Illustration from Kent’s Moby Dick


Sean Samuels

Sean is a bookseller in the Las Vegas gallery. Originally from the UK, he has a degree in English from the University of Bristol and an interest in photography. He has served as the US Editor for Hungry Eye Magazine, the Deputy Editor for Photography Monthly Magazine, and as a Script Editor for the BBC. When not selling books, he enjoys watching films and exploring the US backcountry and is a volunteer with Red Rock Search and Rescue in Las Vegas.

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2 Responses to “The Story Behind Moby Dick by Herman Melville”

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    Ed Leimbacher says:

    Call me Dismal. Some years ago, in a time of desperation, I found my good sense again too late, having in the interim sold my copy of The Whale (the Random House trade version, Near Fine in dust jacket, and signed by Kent!) for a sum the equal of 30 pieces of silver. I staved off the tax man (the irony, Herman!) but stove in the sides of my ship of Soul. And I alone am escaped to feel the fool.

    • Embry Clark

      Embry Clark says:

      Alas, sir, I offer my sincere condolences. I’ve had occasion to see a modern reprint of Kent’s classic, though sadly it does not reproduce the excellent dust jacket of the 1930 edition. I think HM would have understood though. After all, he took on all manner of task to stave off the tax man.