'Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life'
By Herman Melville (Author), John Bryant (Introduction, Commentary)
"A classic of American literature [and] the pioneer in South Sea romance."
- Arthur Stedman
Typee is the first and one of the most popular of Herman Melville's novels. It's a fascinating tale of travel and adventure based on Melville's experiences as a captive on a South Pacific island in 1842 after which he became known as 'the man who lived among cannibals'. Just as accessible and enjoyable for today's modern readers as it would have been when first published well over a century ago, the novel is one of the great works of American literature and continues to be widely read and studied throughout the world.
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Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby-Dick — largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for Melville's fall from favor with the reading public — was rediscovered in the 20th century as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.