Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas, Volume Two, Scholarly Edition

Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas, Volume Two, Scholarly Edition

Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas, Volume Two, Scholarly Edition

Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas, Volume Two, Scholarly Edition


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Melville's second book, Omoo, begins where his first book, Typee, left off. As the author said, "It embraces adventures in the South Seas (of a totally different character from 'Typee') and includes an eventful cruise in an English Colonial Whaleman (a Sydney Ship) and a comical residence on the island of Tahiti." The popular success of his first novel encouraged Melville to write a sequel, hoping it would be "a fitting successor." Typee describes Polynesian life in its "primitive" state, while Omoo represents it as affected by non-native influences.

This scholarly edition aims to present a text as close to the author's intention as surviving evidence permits. Based on collations of all editions publishing during Melville's lifetime, it incorporates author corrections and many emendations made by the present editors. This edition of Omoo is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810101623
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 06/01/1968
Series: Melville
Edition description: 1
Pages: 381
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention (the first, Typee, becoming a bestseller), and after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the "Melville Revival" in the early 20th century that his work won recognition, especially Moby-Dick, which was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of both American and world literature. He was the first writer to have his works collected and published by the Library of America.

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

Table of Contents

Chapter IMy Reception Aboard1
Chapter IISome Account of the Ship5
Chapter IIIFurther Account of the Julia9
Chapter IVA Scene in the Forecastle12
Chapter VWhat Happened at Hytyhoo15
Chapter VIWe Touch at La Dominica19
Chapter VIIWhat happened at Hannamanoo21
Chapter VIIIThe Tattooers of La Dominica25
Chapter IXWe steer to the Westward--State of Affairs28
Chapter XA Sea-parlour described, with some of its Tenants33
Chapter XIDoctor Long Ghost a Wag--One of his Capers36
Chapter XIIDeath and Burial of Two of the Crew39
Chapter XIIIOur Destination changed45
Chapter XIVRope Yarn46
Chapter XVChips and Bungs50
Chapter XVIWe encounter a Gale52
Chapter XVIIThe Coral Islands54
Chapter XVIIITahiti58
Chapter XIXA Surprise--More about Bembo60
Chapter XXThe Round Robin--Visitors from Shore66
Chapter XXIProceedings of the Consul70
Chapter XXIIThe Consul's Departure76
Chapter XXIIIThe Second Night off Papeetee78
Chapter XXIVOutbreak of the Crew83
Chapter XXVJermin encounters an old Shipmate85
Chapter XXVIWe enter the Harbour--Jim the Pilot88
Chapter XXVIIA Glance at Papeetee--We are sent aboard the Frigate93
Chapter XXVIIIReception from the Frenchman97
Chapter XXIXThe Reine Blanche99
Chapter XXXThey take Us Ashore--What happened there102
Chapter XXXIThe Calabooza Beretanee106
Chapter XXXIIProceedings of the French at Tahiti112
Chapter XXXIIIWe receive Calls at the Hotel de Calabooza117
Chapter XXXIVLife at the Calabooza121
Chapter XXXVVisit from an old Acquaintance123
Chapter XXXVIWe are carried before the Consul and Captain128
Chapter XXXVIIThe French Priests pay their Respects131
Chapter XXXVIIILittle Jule sails without Us135
Chapter XXXIXJermin serves Us a Good Turn--Friendships in Polynesia140
Chapter XLWe take unto Ourselves Friends145
Chapter XLIWe Levy Contributions on the Shipping147
Chapter XLIIMotoo-Otoo--A Tahitian Casuist150
Chapter XLIIIOne is judged by the Company He keeps153
Chapter XLIVCathedral of Papoar--The Church of the Cocoanuts155
Chapter XLVA Missionary's Sermon; with some Reflections159
Chapter XLVISomething about the Kannakippers164
Chapter XLVIIHow They dress in Tahiti168
Chapter XLVIIITahiti as it is171
Chapter XLIXSame Subject continued177
Chapter LSomething happens to Long Ghost181
Chapter LIWilson gives us the Cut--Departure for Imeeo185
Chapter LIIThe Valley of Martair188
Chapter LIIIFarming in Polynesia192
Chapter LIVSome Account of the Wild Cattle in Polynesia196
Chapter LVA Hunting Ramble with Zeke199
Chapter LVIMosquitoes203
Chapter LVIIThe Second Hunt in the Mountains205
Chapter LVIIIThe Hunting-Feast; and a Visit to Afrehitoo210
Chapter LIXThe Murphies212
Chapter LXWhat they thought of Us in Martair216
Chapter LXIPreparing for the Journey219
Chapter LXIITamai222
Chapter LXIIIA Dance in the Valley225
Chapter LXIVMysterious227
Chapter LXVThe Hegira, or Flight229
Chapter LXVIHow We were to get to Taloo234
Chapter LXVIIThe Journey round the Beach236
Chapter LXVIIIA Dinner-Party in Imeeo242
Chapter LXIXThe Cocoa-Palm245
Chapter LXXLife at Loohooloo249
Chapter LXXIWe start for Taloo251
Chapter LXXIIA Dealer in the Contraband255
Chapter LXXIIIOur Reception in Partoowye259
Chapter LXXIVRetiring for the Night--The Doctor grows Devout264
Chapter LXXVA Ramble through the Settlement267
Chapter LXXVIAn Island Jilt--We Visit the Ship270
Chapter LXXVIIA Party of Rovers--Little Loo and the Doctor274
Chapter LXXVIIIMrs. Bell277
Chapter LXXIXTaloo Chapel--Holding Court in Polynesia279
Chapter LXXXQueen Pomaree284
Chapter LXXXIWe visit the Court289
Chapter LXXXIIWhich ends the Book294
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