Google Doodle Celebrates 161st anniversary of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick

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Herman Melville’s Moby Dick London: A white sperm whale looms on the background of the Google doodle for October 18 that commemorates the 161st anniversary of the publication of Herman Melville’s landmark novel Moby-Dick.

The focus of today’s Google Doodle is on Herman Melville who is best known for his novel “Moby-Dick”. Herman Melville was born in New York City on the 1st of August 1819 and he died on September 28, 1891.

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is a novel was written by Herman Melville, it was first published in 1851.

Moby-Dick is considered to be one of the Great American Novels and a treasure of world literature. The story of Moby-Dick tells of the adventures of wandering sailor Ishmael, and his voyage on the whaleship Pequod, commanded by Captain Ahab. Ishmael soon learns that Ahab has one purpose on this voyage: to seek out Moby Dick, a ferocious, enigmatic white sperm whale. In a previous encounter, the whale destroyed Ahab’s boat and bit off his leg, which now drives Ahab to take revenge.


Google Doodle celebrates 161st anniversary of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick


If you’ve never read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick or want to discover it in a new way, Plymouth University are currently running an interesting campaign; ‘Moby Dick The Big Read’.

The campaign sees the daily online release of chapters recorded by a host of international and national celebrities including, Stephen Fry, Sir David Attenborough, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton. The audio will be accompanied by images from some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world, including Gavin Turk, Anish Kapoor and Susan Hiller. The campaign launched back in September so is currently up to Chapter 32 (Cetelogy, Read by Martin Atril) find out more and listen along here.


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