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Ishmael: Detailed Summary & Analysis
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Brief Biography of Daniel Quinn
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- Full Title: Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
- Where Written: St. Louis, Vienna, New York City
- When Published: February 1992
- Literary Period: Environmentalist fiction, New Age philosophy
- Genre: Moral dialogue, Philosophical novel, Bildungsroman
- Setting: Unnamed American city, late 20th century
- Climax: The narrator discovers why the Takers abandoned the Leavers
- Antagonist: Taker civilization
- Point of View: First person
Extra Credit for Ishmael
Thanks, Ted. Daniel Quinn’s Turner Award enabled him to focus on his writing full-time—and looking at the size of the prize, it’s no wonder. The Turner Award, which has only been given out once, consists of 500,000 dollars, and was, at the time, the single largest award ever given for a single book.
Imagine a world without Morgan Freeman’s voice… Ishmael has been hugely popular with millions of readers, inspiring albums, environmentalist movements, and dozens of other books. One of the most surprising legacies of the novel is its influence on the career of the actor Morgan Freeman. Freeman is a longtime fan of Quinn’s novels, and has said that his interest in Ishmael inspired him to get involved in nature documentaries like March of the Penguins and Born to Be Wild. That’s right—if it weren’t for Daniel Quinn, we all would have missed out on Morgan Freeman’s trademark narration.