This episode in the Masters of American Literature DVD Series, The Melville Legacy,explores the life and works of Herman Melville (1819-1891), one of America's most renowned 19th century authors. In his novels, Typee, Omoo, and Moby Dick, Melville demonstrates his mastery of the epic sea story, the latter considered by many to be the preeminent American novel. This DVD offers students and teachers a complete overview of the life, times and writing of Herman Melville, focusing on Moby Dick. Divided into five chapters, each program is intended for class and group discussion. Experienced scholars will explore themes, ideas and language in Moby Dick and analyze Melville's distinctive writing style. The program materials will demonstrate why Melville is considered a major figure in world literature. Grades 8-12. 30 minutes on DVD.