A Peep at Polynesian Life ; Omoo : A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and A Voyage Thither

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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.
Publisher: New York : Literary Classics of the United States : Distributed by the Viking Press, c1982.
ISBN: 9780940450004
Branch Call Number: MELVILLE
Characteristics: 1333 pages ; 21 cm.


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