Useful Websites

The Melville Society  Website of the organization dedicated to the study and appreciation of the nineteenth-century American author Herman Melville

The Melville Electronic Library is projected to be the first born-digital online resource for Melville studies, texts, research, and teaching.

Melville’s Marginalia Online hosts an “Online Catalog” of books and publications Melville is known to have owned and borrowed over the course of his reading life. It also documents the growing number and locations of surviving books autographed, marked, and annotated in Melville’s hand.

Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies published by Johns Hopkins Press.

Melville Society Extracts The publication of the Melville Society from 1969 until 2005 when it was incorporated by Leviathan. Includes valuable scholarship as well as reviews, abstracts, and news.

Arrowhead The Pittsfield, Massachusetts house where Melville wrote Moby-Dick, among other works. Owned and operated by the Berkshire County Historical Society.

Melville Memorial Room at the Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield, Massachusetts)
A large (physical) archive of research source material and Melville family memorabilia, housed in the public library of the town where Melville wrote Moby-Dick, among other works.

MD First Edition
Title page of the first edition of Melville’s Moby-Dick; or, the Whale in the collections of the New Bedford Whaling Museum (photo by Timothy Marr)

Online Editions of Moby-Dick

 First American edition of Moby-Dick (1851) (large pdf)

Power Moby-Dick An Online edition of Melville’s novel with many annotations that includes a Glossary of Terms in Moby-Dick and a link to Resources

Electronic Text from the University of Virginia’s Etext Library

Project Gutenberg full text available for download

Moby-Diction Search Engine a helpful way to locate words and quotations with word frequency graph

Helpful Teaching Resources

Online Resources for Moby-Dick and American Whaling, Pedagogy and American Literary Studies