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De Agostini Picture Library, Bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), 1886 engraving, Germany.

Riding the Whale’s Tail

Herman Melville, when not otherwise occupied by life’s rigors aboard his whaling ship, the Acushnet, stared out to sea and mentally composed his masterpieces. In Chapter 111 of Moby Dick, he wrote:

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Statue from Villa of the Papyri, Herculaneum.
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Painting by John James Audubon and Robert Havell, Jr., 1836
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