If you are interested in visual representations of Melville’s classic. This is the book for you. Elizabeth A Schultz has compiled a “stunning array of book illustrations, prints, comics, paintings, sculptures, mixed media, and even architectural designs.” (quote taken from Amazon’s book description)
I confess that I haven’t done much reading of the text of this book, but I have spent time enjoying the collections of illustrations.
Flipping through Unpainted to the Last is a little like walking through an art museum dedicated to Moby-Dick. The book contains every type of art imaginable. Some examples are pen and ink or painted illustrations from various editions of the novel.
Some three dimensional representations are made from bronze, or wood, or… produce! There are samples of a work from a graphic novel version of the book, and there are instances where The Whale was used as the basis for political cartoons.
Melville painted pictures with words and artists are inspired by those words to paint pictures.