Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life

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Penguin, Jan 1, 1996 - Fiction - 368 pages
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Melville's first and most popular novel during his lifetime, Typee is a provocative and lively account of his exploits in the exotic South Seas during the early 1840s, where he journeyed as a young sailor. This edition includes notes on the text.

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Melville's 1846 South Seas travelog catapulted him from sailor to wordsmith. Typee is considered one of his better books. Its criticism of missionaries, however, caused a furor, and some publishers ... Read full review


Introduction by John Bryant
Works Cited and Suggested for Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Passage from the Cruising Ground to the Marquesas
Some Account of the late operations of the French at
Whaleman Determination to Leave the Vessel The
Thoughts previous to attempting an Escape Toby a Fellow
Swimming in company with the Girls of the Valley
Reflections after Marnoos Departure Battle of the Pop
History of a day as usually spent in the Typee Valley
The Spring of Arva Wai Remarkable Monumental
Preparations for a Grand Festival in the Valley Strange
The Feast of Calabashes
Ideas suggested by the Feast of Calabashes Inaccuracy
General Information gathered at the Festival Personal

A Specimen of Nautical Oratory Criticisms of the Sailors
The other side of the Mountain Disappointment Inventory
The Important Question Typee or Happar? A WildGoose
Perilous Passage of the Ravine 9 Descent into the Valley
Midnight Reflections Morning Visitors A Warrior
Officiousness of KoryKory His Devotion A Bath in
Attempt to procure Relief from Nukuheva Perilous
A great Event happens in the Valley The Island Telegraph
Kindness of Marheyo and the rest of the Islanders A full
Melancholy condition Occurrence at the Ti Anecdote
Improvement in Health and Spirits Felicity of the Typees
King Mehevi Allusion to his Hawiian Majesty Conduct
The Social Condition and General Character of the Typees
Fishing Parties Mode of distributing the Fish Midnight
Natural History of the Valley Golden Lizards Tameness
A Professor of the Fine Arts His Persecutions
Strange custom of the Islanders Their Chanting and
Apprehensions of Evil Frightful Discovery Some
Tlie Stranger again arrives in the Valley Singular
The Escape

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Robert Sullivan is a contributing editor at Vogue and author of The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures at the Edge of a City and A Whale Hunt. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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