May 26, - "Call me Ishmael," perhaps the most famous opening line in literary history, is in fact not the first line of Moby-Dick. Yes, Chapter 1 ("Loomings") of the novel begins with Ishmael introducing himself. Moby Dick by Herman Melville. First Paragraph. Call me Ishmael. Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and.