• Brian R. Pellar
Part of the American Literature Readings in the 21st Century book series (ALTC)


In this very short chapter, Pellar asks if there could by chance have been another “orphan” from Moby-Dick that survived as well? Pellar concludes humorously that it appears so – Starbucks Coffee – the namesake of Starbuck. Pellar then explores the interesting connections between coffee and Melville and Starbucks Coffee. That is, Melville’s grandfather was at the very heart of the patriotic shift away from tea to coffee, spurring a movement that grew over the years, eventually leading to Starbuck’s Coffee, whose name was taken from his grandson’s novel, and which is now such an industry giant that they are affecting the very drinking and reading/writing habits of millions of people – Pellar included!


Coffee Drink American Literature Comfortable Chair Coffee Industry British Identity 
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  1. Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick. 1851. Edited by Harrison Hayford and Hershel Parker. New York: W. W. Norton, 1967b. Page numbers are to the 1967 edition.Google Scholar

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  • Brian R. Pellar
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  1. 1.BostonUSA

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