Hi Erika, +1! It's been a while since I read Moby Dick, but it *IS* a fabulous book! Bartleby the Scrivener was a classic short story of his too... even if it does have that silly schoolboy pun in it. Always meant to check out Typee or Omoo as well ... but haven't gotten around to them yet. I may have read Billy Budd as well. I can't remember ... guess that makes it time to read again. :-) http://www.melville.org/ FWIW, Joseph Conrad was pretty darn heavy on the 'descriptive prose' too ... I still remember running for the dictionary to look up "crepuscular light" --- from Heart of Darkness perhaps? RonL. (A "binge" reader.) CR ("Currently Reading") A 1929 printing of "Odin's Children" by Colin Padraic. Short stories of Norse Mythology --- but it does have Willy Pogany illustrations!! [I'm a fan/collector of the illustrator http://www.bpib.com/pogany.htm ] -----Original Message----- From: Erika Meyer [mailto:emeyer at lclark.edu] But Melville? I've read "The Confidence Man" and "Moby Dick." First of all, most 19th century novels are heavy on the detail. Reading was one of the few solitary forms of entertainment (no TV, no Internet...).