Friday Fun Facts: The Whaling Ship Sets Sail

Herman Melville set sail to the South Pacific on the whaling ship Acushnet on this day in 1841. He led an adventurous life during this time. He participated in a mutiny, was jailed in Tahiti and wandered the South Sea islands for two years. He used his experiences there as the inspiration for several novels, including Omoo (1847), Mardi (1849), and his most well-known book, Moby Dick (1851). Throughout his life, he wrote novels, short stories and poetry.

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Posted on January 3, 2014, in fiction, Fun Facts, inspiration, poetry, writer's life, writing, writing ideas, writing prompt and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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