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Almost from the time of its publication early in 1846, Melville's first book, based on his own travels in the South Seas, has been recognized as a classic in the literature of travel and adventure. From the beginning, however, there have been problems with the text. Due to disparities between the American and English editions, and revisions Melville had to make at his publisher's request concerning its racy style and attitude toward missionaries, the book has circulated in two versions.
This scholarly edition is based on collations of all editions published during his lifetime, incorporating many authorial readings that have often been omitted and some that have been misprinted in all previous editions. This edition is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America).
Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life is a mid-19th century novel by author Herman Melville. Largely based on his own personal experiences as a beach comber in the South Pacific Marquesas Islands. Although today Moby Dick is the most popular title by Melville, Typee was considered during his lifetime to be his most popular work. Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life is highly recommended for those who enjoy the writings of Herman Melville and for those who are discovering his writings for the first time.
About the Author
Herman Melville (1819-91) was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. His novels include Moby-Dick, Omoo, and The Confidence-Man, all published in authoritative editions by Northwestern University Press.
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