Many reviewers, Parker observes, had come to the conclusion that Melville was capable of producing enjoyable romances, but they could not see in him the author of great literature. Its always great to what you've written. Upon his return from his travels through Europe and the Mideast, he made an announcement, according to Lemuel Shaw, Jr.: The book is dedicated to Hawthorne, "in token of my admiration for his genius". Melville shrank from atheism, and from all facile theisms.
The description of his labors is horrendous and heartfelt:
The novel also draws on whaling literature, and on literary inspirations such as Shakespeare and the Bible. The pursuit is unsuccessful. Melville has been described as a mystic, but to me he has nothing of mysticism such as might be ascribed to Wordsworth or D. I am, therefore, a bad feminist.
Melville found the bulk of his data on whales and whaling in five books, the most important of which was by the English ship's surgeon Thomas Beale, Natural History of the Sperm Whalea book of reputed authority which Melville bought on July 10,