Green Shadows, White Whale

This novel is a roman a clef, a fictionalised account of Bradbury's experience working in Ireland with John Huston in the 1950s, when Bradbury was employed to write the screenplay for Moby Dick. The novel is woven together from previously published short stories, but includes a substantial amount of new material.

For more Melville influence on Bradbury, see Leviathan 99.

Some parts of this novel had previously been published in short story form:

"The Great Collision of Monday Last" (chapter 4) - Contact, January 1958
"A Wild Night in Galway" (chapter 6) -
Harper's, August 1959
"The Terrible Conflagration up at the Place" (chapter 12) - I Sing The Body Electric! (1969)
"The Beggar on O'Connell Bridge" (chapter 13) - First published as "The Beggar on the Dublin Bridge", Saturday Evening Post, June 14 1961
"The Haunting of the New" (chapter 15) -
Vogue (UK), October 1 1969
"One for His Lordship, and One for the Road" (chapter 18) -
Playboy, January 1985
"Getting Through Sunday Somehow" (chapter 21) - First published as "Tread Lightly to the Music", Cavalier, October 1962
"The First Night of Lent" (chapter 22) - Playboy, March 1956
"McGillahee's Brat" (chapter 23) - The Irish Press, March 21 1970
"Banshee" (chapter 27) - First appeared in Rod Serling's Twilight Zone Magazine, Sep/Oct 1984
"The Cold Wind and the Warm" (chapter 28) - Harper’s, July 1964
"The Anthem Sprinters" (chapter 29) - First published as “The Queen’s Own Evaders”, Playboy, June 1963

Additionally, chapter 9 is fictionalised from the essay "The Hunt Wedding" - The American Way, May 1992

Green Shadows, White Whale

First published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1992.

Picture shows HarperCollins UK hardcover edition (1992). Cover art by Catherine Havard.

Denoel edition (France, 1993). (The literal translation of the title is "The whale of Dublin".)


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