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‘Moby-Dick’ to be read via Twitter

The 26th annual marathon reading of Herman Melville’s classic novel “Moby-Dick” aboard the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan will be live-tweeted by Mystic Seaport on Twitter. Mystic Seaport staff will stream a live video feed of the event and offer commentary and insight about the work.

“Twitter is an innovative way for us to share this special event with a global audience,” museum president Stephen C. White said. “Nowhere else does ‘Moby-Dick’ come alive the way it does on the decks of the Morgan, the sole surviving ship of the fleet that inspired Melville.”

A tradition at Mystic Seaport, the “Moby-Dick” Marathon is an uninterrupted reading aloud of all 135 chapters of the work onboard the Charles W. Morgan, the museum’s 1841 whaleship. Visitors, museum volunteers and staff sign up to take turns reading, except for the first chapter, “Loomings,” and the Epilogue, which are read by an actor playing Melville. The marathon begins at noon July 31 and concludes shortly before noon Aug. 1.

For 2011, Mystic Seaport decided to expand the reach of the experience and will live-tweet the entire marathon at @MbyDickMarathon. The account will feature a live Ustream video feed of the event, general information, and highlights of the proceedings, as well as contests and polls that relate to chapters in “Moby-Dick.”

Tickets are $25 ($23 for museum members) and include a light breakfast Monday morning. Reservations can be made by calling (860) 572-5322.

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