Herman Melville: Typee, Omoo, Mardi

Herman Melville: Typee, Omoo, Mardi

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This first volume of The Library of America's three-volume edition of the complete prose works of Herman Melville includes three romances of the South Seas. Typee and Omoo, based on the young Melville's experiences on a whaling ship, are exuberant accounts of the idyllic life among the "cannibals" in Polynesia. They remained his most popular works well into the 20th century. Mardi ("the world" in Polynesian) is a mixture of love story, adventure, and political allegory, set on a mythical Pacific island, that looks forward to the complexities of Moby-Dick. Together, these three romances give early evidence of the genius and daring that make Melville the master novelist of the sea and a precursor of modernist literature. Two companion volumes--Herman Melville: Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick and Herman Melville: Pierre, Israel Potter, The Piazza Tales, The Confidence Man, Uncollected Prose, and Billy Budd complete this edition of Melville's prose.

LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780940450004
Publisher: Library of America
Publication date: 05/28/1982
Series: Library of America Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 1333
Product dimensions: 5.13(w) x 8.16(h) x 1.55(d)

About the Author

Herman Melville (1819-1891) sailed as an ordinary seaman in the Pacific as a young man, turning these experiences into a series of romances that launched his literary career. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts, and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick. Literary success soon faded, his complexity increasingly alienating 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 unknown until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.

Date of Birth:

August 1, 1819

Date of Death:

September 28, 1891

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Attended the Albany Academy in Albany, New York, until age 15

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Herman Melville: Typee, Omoo, Mardi 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
theidiot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
a unique look at life in the south pacific
GeoffWyss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Lots of great stuff in Typee, but (as with Moby Dick) most of it is in the first 20% of the book. Starts off being about race and colonialism, ends up being about sexy Polynesian chicks weaving napkins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'.