What kind of whale is Moby-Dick?

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Herman Melville's masterpiece was published on Nov. 14, 1815.

Although now considered a classic, Moby-Dick was initially greeted with a mixed reception.

Unable to earn a living by writing alone, Melville took a job as a customs inspector in New York.  It wasn't until years after his death that critics took another look at his work and finally realized what a genius he was.

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