By condensing each chapter of Moby-Dick to a single page of direct quotation and explication, I believe I have made (in a total of only 136 pages) Melville’s masterpiece accessible to those who might otherwise refrain from attempting unassisted a rewarding journey through some five hundred pages, as Melville wrote them. I hope that this effort will encourage such voyagers to read Moby-Dick as it was written by Melville. My suggestion is that this companion reader be used as a guide, chapter by chapter, through one of the most respected works of American literature.

Robert A. diCurcio

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