By (author) Herman Melville
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Typee by Herman Melville
Book DescriptionAlmost 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 towards 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".
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780810120525
(216mm x 139mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Northwestern University Press
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Magnificent and strange, Pierre is a richly allusive novel mirroring both antebellum America and Herman Melville's own life.
Billy Budd, Sailor, Paperback (March 2017)
An innocent young man is falsely accused of inciting mutiny in this haunting tale. Melville's final novel offers a profoundly moving examination of the balance between authority and individual rights.
Moby Dick, Paperback (January 2017)View all books by Herman Melville
Part of Alma Classics Evergreens series of popular classics, this edition is thoroughly edited and extensively annotated, features an insightful foreword by Jay Parini and includes pictures and a comprehensive section on Melville's life and works.
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Author Biography - Herman Melville
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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