British publishing house Penguin Group has confirmed that the new Penguin Classics edition of “Moby-Dick” will have 500 introductions.
In addition to introductions written by literary scholars, the new edition features forewords by a host of specialists including marine biologists, soup spoon collectors, and amateur patent lawyers who all lend their own unique take and expertise to the American classic.
“Moby-Dick is one of the most celebrated and intricate novels ever written, and we wanted to ensure that the new edition really covered every facet,” said George Field, who curated the three-volume work. “In my introduction, I talk about how best to make money off of old books.”
The remaining 485 introductions were written by high school teachers who each feel the book speaks to them in a uniquely special way.