Melville: Typee, Omoo, Mardi

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The first volume of Melville's complete works includes three romances of the South Seas: Typee and Omoo, his exuberant accounts of the idyllic life in Polynesian island cultures, which remained his most popular works well into the 20th century, and Mardi, a combination love story, adventure, and political allegory set on a mythical Pacific island. These tales, written when Melville was in his late twenties, mark his beginnings as a writer and give early evidence of his genius ...
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Overview

The first volume of Melville's complete works includes three romances of the South Seas: Typee and Omoo, his exuberant accounts of the idyllic life in Polynesian island cultures, which remained his most popular works well into the 20th century, and Mardi, a combination love story, adventure, and political allegory set on a mythical Pacific island. These tales, written when Melville was in his late twenties, mark his beginnings as a writer and give early evidence of his genius and daring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780940450004
  • Publisher: Library of America, The
  • Publication date: 5/28/1982
  • Series: Library of America Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1333
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.16 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Herman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.

Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.

Biography

Herman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.

Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Date of Birth:
      August 1, 1819
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Death:
      September 28, 1891
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Attended the Albany Academy in Albany, New York, until age 15

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  • Anonymous

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    how to begin enjoying melville

    these books(with the exception of the second half of 'mardi') give a first time melville reader the joy of discovering his wit & humor.It is a good place to start before tackling the psychological depths of 'moby Dick' and 'pierre and the ambiguities'.

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