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New edition of Melville’s Moby Dick

May 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Moby Dick, our third most popular title, is now available in an edition via our new production process. Enjoy!

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Tags: Authors · Chase, Owen · Melville, Herman

Miserable sailors

April 13th, 2008 · No Comments

“Throughout human history, people who took to the sea in Britain, on the Continent or in North America, did so usually because there was no other way of life open to them.” - Basil Greenhill, The Life and Death of the Merchant Sailing Ship, 1815-1895, 1980.
 ”The creditors sued, as they will . . . In [...]

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Tags: Authors · Chase, Owen · Classic Books · Dana, Richard Henry · Melville, Herman

The true story behind Moby Dick

March 15th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Genius though he was, Melville didn’t make up Moby Dick. Rather, the real-life sinking of Nantucket’s Essex by a whale inspired him. Philbrick recently wrote about the Essex, but Essex first mate Owen Chase’s short but powerful first hand-account is now available on Ria Press. Most incredible is Chase’s matter-of-fact nature in dealing with the sinking [...]

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Tags: Chase, Owen · Classic Books · Melville, Herman

Herman Melville in 2007

February 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Melville, and especially his masterwork Moby Dick, can induce eyeball-rolling in students, imagining an unreadable and unfathomably long homework assignment. But if you haven’t read him since high school, please read him again, maybe even aloud.
I recently re-read Moby Dick as a way to put my infant daughter to sleep at night. She just needed to hear someone’s voice, and Shel [...]

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Tags: Authors · Chase, Owen · Melville, Herman

Introducing Ria Press

January 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Welcome to Ria Press. We are lovers of classic books, and our goal is to find great books and make them available to you easily and for free. You will see that most of our books are nautical, but we are slowly adding other categories. Our main thing is to create free ebooks that are [...]

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Tags: Classic Books