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The Writings of Herman Melville, Vol. 1 : Typee-a Peep at Polynesian Life
by Herman Melville

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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.

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The Writings of Herman Melville, Vol. 1: Typee-a Peep at Polynesian LifeThe Writings of Herman Melville, Vol. 1: Typee-a Peep at Polynesian Life (Trade paperback)
Pub. Date: 1992
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Price: $4.99
Seller: One Planet Books, Columbia, MO, USA
Condition: Good
Notes: Ships in a BOX from Central Missouri! May not include working access code. Will not include dust jacket. Has used sticker(s) and some writing and/or highlighting. UPS shipping for most packages, (Priority Mail for AK/HI/APO/PO Boxes).
The Writings of Herman Melville, Vol. 1: Typee-a Peep at Polynesian LifeThe Writings of Herman Melville, Vol. 1: Typee-a Peep at Polynesian Life (Trade paperback)
Pub. Date: 1992
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Price: $7.00
Seller: Powell's Books Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Condition: Very Good
Notes: 1992. Pap. Minor shelf-wear. (Subject: Fiction. )
 
 
 
 

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Overview

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.

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  • PID: 15684758777
  • ISBN-13: 9780810101593
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Seller: Discover Books
    Condition: Fair
    Notes: Noticeably used book. Text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Heavy wear to covers and pages contain marginal notes, underlining, and or highlighting. Possible ex library copy, with all the markings/stickers of that library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, and dust jackets may not be included.