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Happy MOBY-DICK Day!

Amanda Nelson

Staff Writer

Amanda Nelson is an Executive Director of Book Riot. She lives in Richmond, VA.

On this day in 1851, Herman Melville’s manic work of genius Moby-Dick was published. It was ripped apart by critics and contributed to Melville’s lack of success as an author (he spent most of his working life as a New York City customs inspector), but is now recognized as one of the greatest novels from an American author. To celebrate the day, browse this collection of five interesting/goofy Moby-Dickish sites:

One Drawing for Every Page of Moby-Dick

The Moby-Dick Big Read, an online reading of the book featuring a few very famous people: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Stephen Fry, and Prime Minister David Cameron (among others)


From November 16th to November 18th there will be a marathon readalong of Moby-Dick that “will span three days, three bookstores, and two boroughs, featuring over 100 readers.”

Moby-Dick the computer game. No joke.

A searchable digital version of Moby-Dick