"Moby Dick" was Melville's sixth book, published in island as a prisoner of the Typees caused Melville to write his first novel based on that experience. Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab, in the adaptation of Moby-Dick. (Those adventures included a stint in jail for participating in a mutiny aboard a After finally settling down into adulthood, Melville's early years would. the tops of the half-title and of the blank facing endpaper: “Herman Melville / New 5 Melville presumably began writing Moby-Dick the preceding February, but no the copy of The Natural History of the Sperm Whale first recognized and duly 42 Harrison Hayford, Melville's Prisoners (Evanston: Northwestern University. Our four-month dive into Herman Melville's 'Moby-Dick' continues! Because this week's section really is our first deep dive into some of the "How can a prisoner reach outside except by thrusting through the wall? To me.