On my way to Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, I found … Some preliminary remarks from an unwritten book

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Title: On my way to Herman Melville's Moby Dick, I found … Some preliminary remarks from an unwritten book
Year: 2009
Authors: Sievers, B.

Purpose The author is revisiting the body of his papers on Herman Melville's Moby Dick, which he
began writing some 15 years ago. Though these writings have remained an "unwritten book",
Melville's works had a lasting impact on his thinking and writing up to the present. The purpose of
this paper is to reveal some of the experiences and emotions concomitant with academic writing that
remain more often than not hidden from the reader.

Design/methodology/approach - This paper is a personal reminiscence on the experience of
academic writing for about four decades. It is a story of how an academic becomes acquainted with
and then iniuencedlinspired by a piece of literature and discovers how many organisatiornl topics
may be illuminated by works of literature.

Findings - Even an unwritten book does not necessarily lead to completely neglecting what had
been written. This may be a relief and an encouragement to others, who realize they are not alone in
this respect.

Originality/value The paper adds some further insight into the not-so-obvious and broadly
hidden experience of the "production process" of academic writing and illusfrates the relevance and
importance of literature for further thinking on such topics as management and organization.

Paper type Viewpoint

Keywords: Herman Melville, Moby Dick, academic writing, English literatwe, authorship, general management, Organizations, Books
Language: English

Journal: Society and Business Review
Volume: 4
Issue: 2
Start page: 97
End page: 109
Publisher ID:

Submitted by:
Burkard Sievers

Corresponding author:

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