Moby-Dick Marathon at Arrowhead

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Where it was written…      

Over the winter of 1850-1851, Herman Melville worked in his study at Arrowhead, creating one of the greatest works in American literature.  From August 3 – 6, Arrowhead is pleased to sponsor a marathon reading of that great work, Moby-Dick.  We need you—please join us!

On August 3, 4, and 5, the reading will begin at 10 am and conclude at 5 pm.  On the final day, Sunday, August 6, the reading will resume at 1 pm (after the annual hike up Monument Mountain) and then continue until the exciting conclusion—whenever that may be!


  • If you are interested in reading, please send an e-mail to and indicate your preferred day and hour, plus one alternate day/hour.  If there is space available, you will be assigned to read sometime within that hour. Each reader is scheduled for 10 minutes.  NOTE:  A few hours are already full:  Thursday, August 310:00 am.  Friday, August 410:00 am.
  • You’ll receive a confirmation of your assigned time via return e-mail. If you don’t have access to e-mail, call 413.442.1793 x12 and leave a message.  Either way, please leave a phone number in case we have to reach you at the last minute.


  • Each reader will get a special sticker.  This indicates you have read Moby-Dick at Arrowhead, entitles you to 10% off merchandise in the shop, and gets you a 1/2 price ticket to tour Arrowhead. Discounts valid during the days of the marathon.
  • We cannot “save” passages for any individual–the scheduling would be too complex. When it’s your 10 minutes, you’re at the podium.  It’s all good!  And don’t worry about practicing.
  • We’ll supply a copy of Moby-Dick that all readers will read from. If you want to bring along your own copy to follow when you are not reading, that’s fine.
  • There is no charge for reading. (But donations to support Arrowhead are gratefully accepted.)
  • If you’re not sure of your schedule, just stop by during the marathon.  It is likely there will be a reading slot available.
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