Moby-Dick; or, The Whale is an 1851 novel by American writer Herman Melville. The book is sailor Ishmael's narrative of the obsessive quest of Ahab, captain of the whaling ship Pequod, for revenge on Moby Dick, the giant white sperm whale that on the ship's previous voyage bit off Ahab's leg at the knee.
New York-born Herman Melville is best known for his masterpiece Moby Dick which was initially criticized. He was a novelist, short story writer, and poet during the American Renaissance. He married Elizabeth Shaw of a prominent Boston family when he attained the financial gains after the success of Typee and (1849) based on his experiences on Polynesia and its sequel Omoo (1847). Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866) was his poetic expression on the moral queries of the American Civil War.