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Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

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Publisher Comments:

Almost from the time of its publication 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. Although initially rejected as too fantastic to be true, Typee was immensely popular and regarded in Melville's lifetime as his best work. It established his reputation as the literary discoverer of the South Seas and inspired the likes of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Two common sailors jump ship and are held in benign captivity by Polynesian natives. Through the narrator's eyes we see a literate (if romanticized) portrait of the people and their culture presented in vivid, even scientific, detail. Melville's racy style and irreverence toward Christian missionaries caused a scandal, and critics denounced the narrator's suggestion that the native life might be superior to that of modern civilization. An adventure story above all, albeit one with a philosophical bent, Typee is a combination of elements that even early in Melville's career hinted at the towering ambition he would fulfill with Moby-Dick.

Synopsis:

The authoritative edition of Melville's classic first novel.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810120525
Editor:
Hayford, Harrison; Parker, Hershel; Tanselle, G. Thomas
Editor:
Parker, Hershel
Editor:
Tanselle, G. Thomas; Hayford, Harrison; Parker, Hershel
Editor:
Hayford, Harrison
Editor:
Parker, Hershel
Editor:
Hayford, Harrison; Parker, Hershel; Tanselle, G. Thomas
Author:
Parker, Hershel
Author:
Melville, Herman
Author:
Hayford, Harrison
Author:
Tanselle, G. Thomas
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Location:
Evanston, Ill.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Indigenous peoples
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
Sailors
Subject:
Marquesas Islands.
Subject:
Marquesas Islands (French Polynesia)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Melville
Series Volume:
03-104
Publication Date:
20031131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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