DAVID O. DOWLING

May 10, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

University of Iowa Associate Professor of Journalism David O. Dowling will read from his new book Surviving the Essex: The Afterlife of America’s Most Storied Shipwreck. Surviving the Essex chronicles the captivating story of a ship’s crew battered by a whale attack and forced to survive four months at sea by any means necessary. Dowling probes deep into the nature of trauma and survival accounts as well as the impact this story had on Herman Melville and the writing of Moby-Dick.

Dowling has written numerous books on the intersection of business and literature, including Emerson’s Protégés and Literary Partnerships and the Marketplace.

“With glistening prose and a detective’s eye for detail and acts of deception, David Dowling investigates one of the most famous and harrowing events in maritime history. By carefully dissecting contending narratives of the sinking of the Essex, Dowling illuminates issues diverse and fascinating: cannibalism, ghostwriting, the literary marketplace, reputations, and even the culpability of the whale in sinking the ship.”—George Cotkin