Moby Dick Author:Herman Melville Moby Dick is the epic saga of a one-legged fanatic, Captain Ahab, who swears vengeance on the mammoth white whale who has crippled him. The first American novel to win a place in the literature of the world, it has been called a realistic story of whaling, a romance of unusual adventure and weird characters, a symbolic allegory, a drama of hero... more »ic determination and conflict. John Masefield wrote, "Moby Dick brought all of the magic, the sadness, the wild joy of many waters into my life." ... The Atlantic Monthly called this book "the greatest of American novels."