Herman Melville’s masterpiece Moby-Dick is perhaps the best American novel. Certainly, no other book in the American canon compares to it in psychological power, formal originality, or voice. Nathaniel Philbrick, the bestselling author of In the Heart of the Seas and Why Read Moby Dick? and a pre-eminent expert on Melville, spoke to us about why the book is so important and what it can teach us.
Octavian Report: To borrow the title of your own book on the subject, why should we read Moby-Dick? What makes it so valuable?