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Zen and the White Whale: A Buddhist Rendering of Moby-Dick
In this book, Herman argues that Herman Melville may have been aware of Buddhist thought far earlier than previously considered. Scholars have long known of Melville s interest in Buddhism in the final decades of his life (seen in the short poem Buddha, and perhaps even the surname of his final protagonist, Billy Budd ). But as early as 1847, Melville had knowledge of the ...more
Paperback, 219 pages
Published October 19th 2015 by Lehigh University Press
(first published January 1st 2014)
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Daniel Herman brings to his reading of Moby-Dick an intimacy inextricable from his practice experience and from his deep sympathy for Melville and his works. Reviewed at SFZC Sangha News and http://catherinegammon.wordpress.com/