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The Real Moby Dick
November 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
One of the most famous novels in American literature is Moby Dick. We are all familiar with the climactic scene when the enraged white whale charges and sinks the Pequod.
How many readers know that this episode is based on a real incident in Nantucket whaling history? In 1820, a sperm whale attacked the whaleship Essex, leaving the crew shipwrecked in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Herman Melville read an eyewitness account of this tragedy. As one of his letters said- it had a “surprising effect” on him.
The Real Moby Dick is an exploration of art imitating life. In one year, Melville wrote his masterpiece in an astounding creative burst. This lecture delves into Melville’s genius and the topic of creativity. By studying Melville, we gain a deeper understanding of the mysterious act of creating a work of art. Artists, writers, and musicians can better understand how their own works come to life.
Kathryn Griffin Swegart holds a Master’s degree from Boston College and is the author of The Wreck of the Essex. She has studied this fascinating story for many years. She and her husband live on a gentleman’s farm in Rome, Maine.