NHA News Release: June 8, 2016


Author David O. Dowling at the Whaling Museum on June 20

NANTUCKET, MA – The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is pleased to announce that author David O. Dowling will present his latest book Surviving the Essex: The Afterlife of America’s Most Storied Shipwreck on Monday, June 20, 2016, at 6 P.M. at the Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street.

Surviving the Essex: The Afterlife of America’s Most Storied Shipwreck is Dowling’s sixth book. In it, he explores the survivors’ accounts of the whaleship Essex’s ill-fated voyage and the role one’s viewpoint plays into shaping memories of an event. He delves into the impact the story had on Herman Melville when he penned Moby-Dick. This is his second book on a Melville-related topic.

“The NHA is thrilled to welcome David Dowling to the Whaling Museum for this evening lecture and book signing,” says Brianne Roth, NHA Public Programs Coordinator. “Dowling’s research into the survivors’ accounts of the ill-fated Essex voyage is a nice complement to our Stove by a Whale exhibition and our continued Essex-themed programming.”

David O. Dowling is the author of six books and more than thirty articles and essays on the topics of authorship, media, and the publishing industry. His current book project is under contract with Yale, and recent articles on Ralph Waldo Emerson, Horace Greeley, and Karl Marx have appeared in Litteraria Pragensia and Sur Le Journalisme. Dowling’s research on the careers of nineteenth-century American writers and journalists has appeared in a variety of academic journals including Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies, Journalism History, and American Periodicals.

Dowling is Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa. He grew up near the Pacific Ocean in Marin County north of San Francisco and worked at Point Reyes National Seashore. Among his favorite haunts is Tennessee Valley Road in West Marin, site of the historic wreck of the Tennessee, a vessel that met her demise while navigating through dense fog as she sought entry into the Golden Gate.

Tickets for this special lecture are $10 per person and free for NHA members. Advance registration is recommended at www.nha.org/tickets. Doors open at 5:30 P.M., with the lecture beginning promptly at 6 P.M. A book signing will follow the presentation.

For more information, visit www.nha.org or call (508) 228-1894.

Event Information:
Surviving the Essex: The Afterlife of America’s Most Storied Shipwreck
with author David O. Dowling
Monday, June 20, 2016
6 P.M. (doors open at 5:30 P.M.)
FREE for NHA members
$10/ticket
Whaling Museum, 13 Broad Street
www.nha.org/tickets