What are /lit/'s thoughts on Moby Dick Everyman's Library edition? Is it better compared to other editions? If no, please suggest a superior edition.
You don't know what you are talking about. Several lesser editions, for instance, leave out the real beginning of the book. Melville didn't start the book with "Call me Ishmael.", he started it with a whole section dedicated to the etymology and selections about whales. These are actually really funny and can be said to be proto-post-modern even. The whole sub-sub librarian, it's hilarious, and it's really a shame some editions leave it out in order to start with Ishmael.
I'll tell what version not to fucking get, unless you like having the design on your cover fucking disappear.
Penguin Clothbound Classics, that's what.
On the inside though, it's pretty good. On the front there's an Etymology. At the back there's textual emendations, end notes, glossary, and some illustrations.
I always hated these Penguin letter editions, so apparently if they are the only books on your alphabetized set they have A-Z. Always thought it was super tacky. So yeah, avoid those.
Ok OP, if you're going to be super anal-retentive listen to this dude. There's about 2 pages with descriptions of whales in like the Bible and shit. This is what you're referring to, right? Every edition of this book I've got has this. If you truly get a garbage edition that doesn't include this it is 2 pages of reading online.
I've got this illustrated Folio Society edition from the 1970's, shit's amazing.
Folio Society are top notch, but they are very expensive.
>mfw I can't afford them
I recommend a magnifying glass if tiny print is an issue, but it's worth it if you're into it beyond just reading pleasure. The supplemental material in back is good stuff. It's the edition I've used both times I've read it, and the critical material was a good spring board when I was writing on it.
This is really the best out there if you want quality. The Norton has supplemental stuff and a healthy amount of annotations (some are a bit needless, but they don't hurt it too much.) That being said, the Arion edition is by far the sexiest of all, and it includes illustrations and wood carvings and whatnot. They did reprint it so it's more affordable. I'm pretty sure you could find a copy for $75 or so.