Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, Renaissance poet and a short story writer. Moby Dick was his masterpiece. The duel between the a great white whale and Captain Ahab of the Pequod has been required reading for millions of school kids.
Herman Melville was a seaman in his youth. He later turned to writing and wrote his famous novel Moby Dick, about Captain Ahab and his obsession with a great white whale. The whale destroyed Ahab in the end.
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