Wai Chee Dimock: Reading American literature outside the box
Peter Ustinov’s Billy Budd: Elemental conflict in a vivid tapestry of life at sea
Stephen Colbert’s two-minute Moby-Dick lesson is a real roller-coaster ride
E. L. Doctorow pays tribute to Herman Melville’s great “kitchen-sink sort of book”
Nathaniel Philbrick asks Why Read Moby-Dick? and many rise to the “cunning test”
Geoffrey O’Brien: The House of Walworth, American Gothic, and Gilded Age literature
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