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Spider’s Web; Herman Melville: Moby Dick


Master 10", April 1980, (Episode 1), reel 1 of 5

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Spider’s Web
Herman Melville: Moby Dick
Series Description

Radio series. Series release date: 1970

Program Description

Series description: William Cavness reads works of literature on-air. According to Cavness' oral history of the beginnings of Reading Aloud, the series came about, in part, due to the Soviet ban of the work Dr. Zhivago in the Fall of 1958, and the books fourth edition falling out of print in the United States. As such Dr. Zhivago became the first work Cavness read, and the resulting success, directly lead to the creation of the series which ran until Cavness' retirement from WGBH in 1991.

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Broadcast program

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Chicago: “Spider’s Web; Herman Melville: Moby Dick,” 04/01/1980, GBH Archives, accessed January 26, 2022,
MLA: “Spider’s Web; Herman Melville: Moby Dick.” 04/01/1980. GBH Archives. Web. January 26, 2022. <>.
APA: Spider’s Web; Herman Melville: Moby Dick. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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