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Call Me Ishmael


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A feature about
Herman Melville (1819-1891)
Written and presented by Michael Meyer with Colin Blakely as Herman Melville
In one sad respect, the author of Moby Dick was unique among great novelists. He was both famous and forgotten in his lifetime.
Born in New York, he was 20 when he signed on as a cabin boy - a deeply shocking experience. His later adventures as a whaler, deserter and mutineer were described in his novels Typee and Omoo, which were successful, and in his masterpiece Moby Dick , which was a failure. Two years after Moby Dick , a fire at his publishers' destroyed his books and the plates from which they had been printed. They were not reprinted during his lifetime. Billy Budd , finished just before his death, was accidentally discovered some 30 years later, with TIM BENTINCK
(Moby Dick : tomorrow 7.20)


Presented By: Michael Meyer
Unknown: Colin Blakely
Unknown: Moby Dick
Unknown: Moby Dick
Unknown: Moby Dick
Unknown: Billy Budd
Unknown: Tim Bentinck
Unknown: Joe Dunlop
Unknown: Adrian Bgan
Unknown: Paul Maxwell
Unknown: Penelope Reynolds
Unknown: Eva Stuart
Directed By: John Theocharis
Directed By: Moby Dick

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