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Moby Dick: the Screenplay by Ray Bradbury

Moby Dick: the Screenplay cover
Trade Edition SOLD OUT
Lettered Edition SOLD OUT
  • ISBN: 978-1-59606-180-4
  • Length: 185 pages


Edited by William F. Touponce and Jon Eller

Dust jacket by Jon Foster

Herman Melville’s classic Moby Dick comes to life in this legendary screenplay by Ray Bradbury. In 1953, the young Bradbury was approached by director John Huston, and their efforts produced the definitive film adaptation of Melville’s novel, starring Gregory Peck.

Ishmael, a young man in search of adventure, finds more than he bargained for when he signs on the Pequot, an infamous whaling ship captained by the driven Captain Ahab, who will stop at nothing in his quest to confront and kill the legendary white whale, Moby Dick.

In his screenplay, Bradbury’s signature prose and eye for imagery distils the best of the novel, vividly drawing the scene on the Pequot, trapped between the divine madness of a powerful captain in search of a worthy foe and the vast indifference of the sea. In this, the first publication of the screenplay, Bradbury and Huston fans alike can gain rare insight into the development of their idols.

Subterranean Press is proud to present Moby Dick: the Screenplay in two unique editions:

Trade: fully cloth bound hardcover
Lettered: 26 signed copies—the only version autographed by Mr. B—with an exclusive publication of his working notes toward the screenplay.