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Typee
by Hayford, Harrison Ed

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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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Typee: Peep at Polynesian Life (Writings of Herman Melville)Typee: Peep at Polynesian Life (Writings of Herman Melville) (Hardcover)
Pub. Date: 1968
Publisher: Northwestern Univ.
Price: $30.00
Seller: Jonathan Grobe Books, Deep River, IA, USA
Description: 0810101610.
Condition: Very Good in Very Good dust jacket
Notes: Exlibrary with usual library markings.; 374 pages.
Typee (Northwestern-Newberry Edition Volume 1)Typee (Northwestern-Newberry Edition Volume 1) (Hardcover)
Pub. Date: 1968
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Price: $28.15
Seller: Magus Books, Seattle, WA, USA
Condition: Good+ in Good jacket
Notes: Used hardcover in a dust jacket. jacket is slightly worn about the edges, and browned with age with what appear to be some blue crayon marks on the spine. but with no tears and not price clipped. previous owners signature on front past down and title page and a book plate on front pastdown. some foxing to page edges. otherwise pages and binding are clean, straight and tight. there are no marks to the text or other serious flaws. image does not match online image. jacket is white with red and black lettering.
 
 
 

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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: 16143755878
  • ISBN-13: 9780810101616
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Library
  • Seller: Rain Dog Books
    Condition: Fine in Very Good Dust Jacket
    Notes: 8vo. We specialize in fine books in collectible condition. Orders are professionaly packaged and shipped promptly. M20.