Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Bicentenary …

… Subversive, queer and terrifyingly relevant: six reasons why Moby-Dick is the novel for our times | Books | The Guardian. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

When a modest Everyman edition appeared in London 20 years after Melville’s death in 1891, DH Lawrence declared it a work of futurism before futurism had been invented; EM Forster and WH Auden extolled its queer nature. Virginia Woolf read it three times, comparing it to Wuthering Heights in its strangeness, and noted in her 1926 diary that no biographer would believe her work was inspired by the vision of “a fin rising on a wide blank sea”.
Begging to differ: Filthy Hoare. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

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