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Maritime literature expert to lecture on ‘A Natural History of Moby Dick’

Richard J. King

Richard J. King

Richard J. King, senior lecturer in literature of the sea with the Maritime Studies Program of Williams College and Mystic Seaport, is the featured speaker for the spring 2019 Peyton Lecture at Randolph College. The event is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in Nichols Theatre, inside the Student Center.

King will present the lecture, “A Natural History of Moby Dick,” which is free and open to the public.

King is an author and illustrator. He wrote Lobster, which was acclaimed by the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and The Devil’s Cormorant: A Natural History, which was short-listed for the ASLE Creative Book Award and rated as one of the top five science books of 2013 by Library Journal. He is now completing Ahab’s Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick, forthcoming with the University of Chicago Press in August, 2019, and working on an anthology of John James Audubon’s sea and coastal writings, titled Audubon at Sea, co-edited with Christoph Irmscher.

The Peyton Lecture is provided through a generous bequest of Ann Peyton ’54, in memory of Mabel Davidson, Elizabeth Ely Wright, and Willie Weathers.

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