I never read Herman Melville "Moby Dick" -perhaps I'll do it after this trip !- but if somebody had asked me, where I thought he wrote it, I'd have answered, without hesitation : in a house just in front of the sea, in a place like this one :
|Permaquid Peninsula -Maine- USA-|
Not at all ! He wrote it in PITTFIELD- Massachusetts- in a XVIIIth century farm, he named "Arrowhead", surrounded by corn fields and woods, where he lived between 1850 and 1863.
The "New-England Ulysse guide" (and Wikipedia in English!) explains us, that his writing cabinet was on the second floor. Througn the window, he had a beautiful view on Mount Greylock, which "snow-covered profile reminded him of a great white Sperm-Whale breaking the ocean'surface".
That's how a great writer takes part of his inspiration !