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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810101593
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 08/28/1992
Series: Melville
Edition description: 1
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

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.

Date of Birth:

August 1, 1819

Date of Death:

September 28, 1891

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

New York, New York


Attended the Albany Academy in Albany, New York, until age 15

Table of Contents

About This Series Introduction A Note on the Text I. Typee The Story of Toby: A Sequel to Typee II. Revising Typee Minor Changes in the Revised Edition The Draft Manuscript George Lillie Craik, From The New Zealanders (1830) III. Contexts and Comments Sex Georg H. Von Langsdorff, From Voyages and Travels in Various Parts of the World (1813) Hiram Bingham, From A Residence of Twenty-One Years in the Sandwich Islands (1847) Herman Melville, From Omoo; A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas (1847) David A. Chappell, From "Shipboard Relations between Pacific Island Women and Euroamerican Men, 1767-1887" (1992) Cannibalism A.W. Humphreys, "The King of the Cannibal Islands" (1830) Josiah Priest, From Slavery, as it Relates to the Negro, or African Race (1843) William H. Prescott, From History of the Conquest of Mexico (1843) William Desborough Cooley, "Manners and Customs of the New Zealanders" (1840) Robert Thomson, From The Marquesas Islands: Their Description and Early History (1841) Gananath Obeyesekere, From "'British Cannibals': Contemplation of an Event in the Death and Resurrection of James Cook, Explorer" (1992) Tattooing John Coulter, From Adventures in the Pacific (1845) Herman Melville, From Omoo; A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas (1847) Nicholas Thomas, From "The Art of the Body" (1995) Tapu Mary Elizabeth Barker Parker, From "Journal" and "Intimate Notebook" (1833) Charles Stewart, From A Visit to the South Seas (1831) David Porter, From Journal of a Cruize Made to the Pacific Ocean (1815) Alex Calder, From "'The Thrice-Mysterious Taboo': Melville's Typee and the Perception of Culture" (1999) Works Cited

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