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The Norton Library edition of Moby-Dick features the text of the first U.S. edition. An introduction by Jeffrey Insko celebrates the novel as a love letter to language and explores the landscape of allegorical interpretations—from the impending doom of environmental crises to the shifting of sociocultural and intellectual sensibilities—that make the novel as timely today as it was in 1851.

The Norton Library is a growing collection of high-quality texts and translations—influential works of literature and philosophy—introduced and edited by leading scholars. Norton Library editions prepare readers for their first encounter with the works that they’ll re-read over a lifetime.

  • Inviting introductions highlight the work’s significance and influence, providing the historical and literary context students need to dive in with confidence.
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About the Editor: Jeffrey Insko is Professor of English at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where he teaches courses in nineteenth-century American Literature and Culture and the Environmental Humanities. He is the author of History, Abolition, and the Ever-Present Now in Antebellum American Writing (2018).

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