Mardi: And a Voyage Thither, Volume 1

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Harper & Brothers, 1849 - American literature - 387 pages
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Contents

The Minstrel leads of with a PaddleSong and a Mes sage is received from Abroad
250
They land upon the Island of Juam
253
A Book from the Chronicles of Mohi
256
Something more of the Prince
261
Advancing deeper into the Vale they encounter Donjalolo 263
263
Time and Temples
266
A pleasant Place for a Lounge
270
The House of the Afternoon
272
Babbalanja solus
275
The Center of many Circumferences
278
Donjalolo in the Bosom of his Family
280
Wherein Babbalanja relates the Adventure of one Karkeke in the Land of Shades
285
How Donjalolo sent Agents to the surrounding Isles with the Result
288
They visit the Tributary Islets
291
Taji sits down to Dinner with fiveandtwenty Kings and a royal Time they have
293
cIIAPTER PAGE 85 After Dinner
302
Of those Scamps the Plujii
304
NoraBamma
307
In a Calm Hautias Heralds approach
309
BraidBeard rehearses the Origin of the Isle of Rogues
311
Rare Sport at Ohonoo v w
314
Of King Uhia and his Subjects
317
The God Keevi and the Precipice of Mondo
319
Babbalanja steps in between Mohi and Yoomy and Yoomy relates a Legend
322
Of that jolly old Lord Borabolla and that jolly Island of his Mondoldo and of the Fishponds and the Hereafters of Fish
328
That jolly old Lord Borabolla laughs on both Sides of his Face
334
Samoa a Surgeon
338
Faith and Knowledge
341
The Tale of a Traveler
343
Marnee Ora Ora Marnee
345
The Pursuer himself is pursued
350
The Iris
355
They depart from Mondoldo
356
As they sail
358
Wherein Babbalanja broaches a diabolical Theory and in his own Person proves it
361

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About the author (1849)

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young Melville's thirteenth year, his father died. Without enough money to gain the formal education that professions required, Melville was thrown on his own resources and in 1841 sailed off on a whaling ship bound for the South Seas. His experiences at sea during the next four years were to form in part the basis of his best fiction. Melville's first two books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were partly romance and partly autobiographical travel books set in the South Seas. Both were popular successes, particularly Typee, which included a stay among cannibals and a romance with a South Sea maiden. During the next several years, Melville published three more romances that drew upon his experiences at sea: Redburn (1849) and White-Jacket (1850), both fairly realistic accounts of the sailor's life and depicting the loss of innocence of central characters; and Mardi (1849), which, like the other two books, began as a romance of adventure but turned into an allegorical critique of contemporary American civilization. Moby Dick (1851) also began as an adventure story, based on Melville's experiences aboard the whaling ship. However, in the writing of it inspired in part by conversations with his friend and neighbor Hawthorne and partly by his own irrepressible imagination and reading of Shakespeare and other Renaissance dramatists Melville turned the book into something so strange that, when it appeared in print, many of his readers and critics were dumbfounded, even outraged. By the mid-1850s, Melville's literary reputation was all but destroyed, and he was obliged to live the rest of his life taking whatever jobs he could find and borrowing money from relatives, who fortunately were always in a position to help him. He continued to write, however, and published some marvelous short fiction pieces Benito Cereno" (1855) and "Bartleby, the Scrivener" (1853) are the best. He also published several volumes of poetry, the most important of which was Battle Pieces and Aspects of the War (1866), poems of occasionally great power that were written in response to the moral challenge of the Civil War. His posthumously published work, Billy Budd (1924), on which he worked up until the time of his death, became Melville's last significant literary work, a brilliant short novel that movingly describes a young sailor's imprisonment and death. Melville's reputation, however, rests most solidly on his great epic romance, Moby Dick. It is a difficult as well as a brilliant book, and many critics have offered interpretations of its complicated ambiguous symbolism. Darrel Abel briefly summed up Moby Dick as "the story of an attempt to search the unsearchable ways of God," although the book has historical, political, and moral implications as well. Melville died at his home in New York City early on the morning of September 28, 1891, at age 72. The doctor listed "cardiac dilation" on the death certificate. He was interred in the Woodlawn Cemetery in The Bronx, New York, along with his wife, Elizabeth Shaw Melville.

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