Some of you may remember my fascination with Moby Dick. And that's how Melville wrote it, Moby Dick.
But I found this in an article:
Without going into discussion about which side of the tracks housed my childhood, I will confess to being ignorant of all three of those facts. And I'm pretty careful about my comas and apostrophes.Quote:
...For the time being, a kid from the wrong side of the tracks who knows that Finnegans Wake and Howards End have no apostrophes, or (to stay topical) that Moby-Dick does have a hyphen.....http://www.weeklystandard.com/articl...le_604169.html
So I pulled out my leather bound, specially printed edition of Moby Dick and looked.
Melville did a lot of things that your high school English teacher may take issue with (OK, with which your teacher may take issue) like putting exclamation marks and the like in the middle of a sentence and capitalizing White Whale but he did not hyphenate Moby Dick.
So what gives? Why did this writer - he was reviewing a book - call for hyphenating Moby Dick? For that matter, why does anything other than a word at the end of a paragraph that won't fit on a line get hyphenated?