This is a great story. I mean, we all found that out in High School, but still, it's awesome. Actually we didn't read Moby Dick in high school, so I don't know why I said that. We "read" Billy Bud, by the same author. I put "read" in quotes because, I definitely did not read it. It was so boring. But Moby Dick is amazing! I actually listened to the audio book which was also really good. While I was reading it I heard an interview with Bruce Springsteen and he said he was reading it too. So...that's pretty great. Herman Melville died in poverty never having enjoyed or profited from his own fame. It all happened after he died. He never knew how brilliant everyone would eventually say he is. It's such a strange life being an artist.