Today in World History (November, 14th)

On November 14, 1851, exactly 166 years ago today, Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick was first published. The book recorded poor sales owing to negative reviews that adjudged the book to be dull and too long.

However, by 1920s, readers discovered Melville’s interesting use of symbolism, and his tale of a wale became one of the greatest novels of all time.

Moby-Dick, a novel about the voyage of the whaling ship Pequod, was published by Harper & Brothers in New York, and is now considered a great classic of American literature.

It is credited to having one of the most famous opening lines in fiction – “Call me Ishmael.”