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Richard J. King is the author of four books of nonfiction, most recently Ahab's Rolling Sea: A Natural History of Moby-Dick. He earned a PhD from the University of St. Andrews and is the author of a variety of popular and scholarly articles, reviews, and interviews in a range of magazines and academic journals. He has illustrated two children's books, What is a Sea Dog? and Women and the Sea and also Ruth! He writes and illustrates a quarterly column titled “Animals in Sea History” for Sea History magazine, was the Series Editor for "Seafaring America," which is a collection of books on the sea for University Press of New England, and he co-edits the online reference "Searchable Sea Literature."

Rich has been sailing on tall ships for over twenty years, traveling throughout the North Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as both a teacher and a sailor. He is a visiting associate professor with the Sea Education Association (Woods Hole, MA).

In 2007, he sailed alone across the Atlantic in a 28' sloop from Portland, ME, to Lisbon, Portugal (he was aiming for Scotland). He lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with his wife and daughter. Rich is represented by Russell Galen.