Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

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Northwestern University Press, 1992 - Fiction - 374 pages
Almost from the time of its publication early in 1846, Melville's first book, based on his own travels in the South Seas, has been recognized as a classic in the literature of travel and adventure. From the beginning, however, there have been problems with the text. Due to disparities between the American and English editions, and revisions Melville had to make at his publisher's request concerning its racy style and attitude toward missionaries, the book has circulated in two versions.

This scholarly edition is based on collations of all editions published during his lifetime, incorporating many authorial readings that have often been omitted and some that have been misprinted in all previous editions. This edition is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America).
 

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Contents

Passage from the Cruising Ground to the Marquesas Sleepy
9
Some Account of the late operations of the French at the Marquesas
16
CONTENTS xi
20
Thoughts previous to attempting an Escape Toby a Fellow
30
A Specimen of Nautical Oratory Criticisms of the Sailors
34
The other side of the Mountain Disappointment Inventory
41
The Important Question Typee or Happar? A WildGoose
50
Perilous Passage of the Ravine Descent into the Valley
58
History of a day as usually spent in the Typee Valley Dances
149
Preparations for a Grand Festival in the Valley Strange doings
157
The Feast of Calabashes
163
Ideas suggested by the Feast of Calabashes Inaccuracy of certain
169
General Information gathered at the Festival Personal Beauty
180
King Mehevi Allusion to his Hawiian Majesty Conduct of
188
The Social Condition and General Character of the Typees
200
Fishing Parties Mode of distributing the Fish Midnight
206

The Head of the Valley Cautious Advance A Path Fruit
66
Midnight Reflections Morning Visitors A Warrior in
76
Officiousness of KoryKory His Devotion A Bath in the
88
Attempt to procure Relief from Nukuheva Perilous Adventure
97
A great Event happens in the Valley The Island Telegraph
104
Kindness of Marheyo and the rest of the Islanders A full De
113
Improvement in Health and Spirits Felicity of the Typees
123
Swimming in company with the Girls of the Valley A Canoe
131
Reflections after Marnoos Departure Battle of the Popguns
143
Natural History of the Valley Golden Lizards Tameness
210
A Professor of the Fine Arts His Persecutions Something
217
Strange custom of the Islanders Their Chanting and the pecu
226
The Stranger again arrives in the Valley Singular Interview
240
Appendix Provisional cession to Lord George Paulet of the Sandwich Islands
254
EDITORIAL APPENDIX
273
TEXTUAL RECORD By the Editors
303
RELATED DOCUMENTS
361
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Herman Melville (1819-91) was an American novelist, short story writer, and essayist. His novels include Moby-Dick, Omoo, and The Confidence-Man, all published in authoritative editions by Northwestern University Press.