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"Attractive editions, clear type, good introductions and annotations."--Barbara Packer, UCLA


"An excellend edition. Blair's deeply informed introduction and notes lend contextual substance necessary to an historically aware appreciation of Typee."--Lawrence Howe, Roosevelt University


"Ideal teaching edition because of the splendid notes, bibliographies and chronologies." --Robert Regan, University of Pennsylvania


About the Author

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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.

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  • File Size: 434 KB
  • Print Length: 261 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463748019
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 12, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082UO1D2
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Freud on October 26, 2013
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I read Typee some time ago. It was one of Herman Melville's early works. It tells a somewhat true story of his travels as a sailor. In this story he abandons his ship and slips onto an unknown island. Little did he know that it was full of cannibals! There was one tribe that was particularly aggressive that he tried to avoid, only to wind up in their village. He gives some good first hand accounts of primitive natives from the South Pacific region of the early 1800's. He never understood their psychology, but was able to describe the natives in terms of his observations. He felt like he was a prisoner on the island and with some great difficulty was eventually able to escape by finding another ship that would take him back to his civilization. If you are interested in anthropology you will find this book very fascinating. His writing style is crisp and moves along in a way that makes the book hard to put down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy on May 1, 2013
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I first read this book when I was in my teens and so began my dream to someday go sailing in the South Seas and try to capture some of the adventure so well described by Herman Melville. When I grew up and became a profesional photographer and film maker, I had the chance to both sail and visit some of the islands, but unfortunately Herman's world and the Typee Valley is all but a memory. None the less, I decided to read Typee again after so many years to see if it still inspired me and I found that it still invokes a wonderful feeling of a world we wish would still exist. Melville has a unique style of writing, which I miss in most of today's writing; he tell the story in a way that I almost feel I am there with him. It's a wonderful book that will never age and I highly recommended for those that like adventure and want to learn about a now lost paradise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel Marks on February 4, 2013
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I just want to express my appreciation of a book that is joy incarnated. I join the ranks of the multitudes who will forever wonder how much of its account is true. It would be so nice to believe that it is wholly true. But however true or false, the book leaves one (or me, anyway) with, at the very least, the most pleasant of dreams. The young Melville is the captive guest of the natives of a tropical isle, where life is forever lazy and paradisic. There are so many scenes that are memorable for both the attractiveness of their content and the author's tolerant and amused way of narrating them. In addition, beneath the charm and the humor runs a thread of menace. What a delightful mix for the reader! This book is either for light reading or for profound reveries about human social possibilities. Above all: Enjoy it.

Note: I found Melville's follow-up book, Omoo, to be a total bore and terribly written. Hard to believe it was the same author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan D. Lewis on March 25, 2014
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This was the first of Melville's 'Polynesia books, it was a big hit when it first came out in the mid-19th C. and it has become a classic of great beauty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger Rudenstein on March 20, 2013
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This an excellent novel, set in the South Seas about a sailor who deserts his whaling ship and winds up living among the indigenous population of an island with a tribe called the Typee. They are feared by the whites as fierce cannibals, but, as his sojourn among them unfolds, he finds that the truth is very different. I was fascinated with this depiction of primitive communism. Hardly a utopia however. For example, women are not allowed in canoes under pain of death except sometimes. Melville paints a subtle, shaded view of the Typee and, of course, the writing is first class. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry Neuhard on February 18, 2013
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I've run into this book's title many times in the crossword puzzles. though I might check it out. Melville does a fine job of describing the South Pacific and the people of the island. Next will be Omoo. Haven't read that one just yet but will.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Francis J. McGovern on February 3, 2013
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Insightful comments on the impact of civilization on the Polynesians. Good information on the conditions of life in the forecastle...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Henry P. Cybulski on October 6, 2012
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Unless one does a little research, a reader may read MOBY DICK first. It really should be read last. TYPEE is the first of Melville's Polynesian adventures and is an interesting read. It should be read first to get a flavor for the sea and for vast Pacific.
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