Cook has accomplished the most precise, searching, and in-depth investigation of a subject whose importance cannot be overestimated for this particular author. Melville’s ‘saturation’ by the Bible has never before been explored with the exhaustive approach it warrants. This study’s extensive documentation alone will serve readers as a valuable resource, and Cook’s analysis of scripturally influenced subject matter in Melville’s narrative is unprecedented in scope and detail.

–Steven Olsen-Smith

Inscrutable Malice

Inscrutable Malice by Jonathan A Cook

Inscrutable Malice: Theodicy, Eschatology, and the Biblical Sources of Moby-Dick by Jonathan A. Cook

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Satirical Apocalypse: An Anatomy of Melville’s The Confidence-Man   This valuable new addition to Melville studies offers a ground-breaking interpretation of Melville’s last published novel, one of the most complex texts in American literature and a work that has long been noted for the divergent critical views it has elicited.