Moby-Dick and the philosopher of pessimism

Pritchard, Greg 2003, Moby-Dick and the philosopher of pessimism, Australasian journal of American studies, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 34-48.

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Title Moby-Dick and the philosopher of pessimism
Author(s) Pritchard, Greg
Journal name Australasian journal of American studies
Volume number 22
Issue number 1
Start page 34
End page 48
Publisher Australian and New Zealand American Studies Association
Place of publication St Lucia, Qld.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1838-9554
Summary Herman Melville discovered the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer late in life, and must have been surprised to discover how close this writer's philosophy was to his own beliefs. Despite this late revelation, the influence on Melville's work was strong, and there are good arguments to show that Melville was inspired by his ideas in the creation of 'Bartleby , the Scrivener' and Billy Budd. Melville may well have been aware of Schopenhauer's philosophy earlier, however, regardless of his lack of proven or direct exposure to the work of the German writer at the time of its composition, Moby-Dick exhibits many affinities with Schopenhauer's thought and it is possible to examine the book through such a reading.
Language eng
Field of Research 200506 North American Literature
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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