Mark Beauregard is the author of The Whale: A Love Story, a novel that opens a new window on Herman Melville’s emotionally charged relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne and how it transformed his masterpiece, Moby-Dick. Melville dedicated Moby-Dick to Hawthorne, and Mark Beauregard’s novel fills in the story behind that dedication with historical accuracy and exquisite emotional precision, reflecting his nuanced reading of the real letters and journals of Melville, Hawthorne, Oliver Wendell Holmes, and others. An exuberant tale of longing and passion, The Whale captures a transformative relationship—long the subject of speculation—between two of our most enduring authors and also their exhilarating moment in history.


Mark Beauregard has been a journalist, magazine editor, and manager of nonprofit arts and community organizations. He has lived in many places throughout the United States and Europe and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.

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