Deep Waters

An Interview with Nathaniel Philbrick

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?

Nathaniel Philbrick: For me Moby-Dick is really the American Bible. It transcends any one religion. Embedded within it is …

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