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This first volume of The Library of America's three-volume edition of the complete prose works of Herman Melville includes three romances of the South Seas. Typee and Omoo, based on the young Melville's experiences on a whaling ship, are exuberant accounts of the idyllic life among the "cannibals" in Polynesia. They remained his most popular works well into the 20th century. Mardi ("the world" in Polynesian) is a mixture of love story, adventure, and political allegory, set on a mythical Pacific island, that looks forward to the complexities of Moby-Dick. Together, these three romances give early evidence of the genius and daring that make Melville the master novelist of the sea and a precursor of modernist literature. Two companion volumes--Herman Melville: Redburn, White-Jacket, Moby-Dick and Herman Melville: Pierre, Israel Potter, The Piazza Tales, The Confidence Man, Uncollected Prose, and Billy Budd complete this edition of Melville's prose.
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Herman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.
Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.
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Descrizione libro Library of America, New York, 1982. Hardcover. Condizione: New. 1st Edition. SPLENDID: NEW Library of America First Edition hardcover (Orig. 1982), 2nd printing (c. 1986), EXCELLENT LOA slipcase w/ sharp NEW edges & corners, NEW navy-blue Brillianta linen-over-boards cover w/ sharp NEW edges & corners, IMMACULATE smooth-cut text-block exterior, IMPECCABLE patterned white-on-blue LOA card-stock end-papers, NEW binding w/ tight signatures & blue-white-checked cloth bands at spine-caps, PRISTINE interior handsomely printed in Linotron Galliard on SUPERB acid-free Ecusta Nyalite archival paper * 5.0" x 8.12" x 1.64", 0.84 kg, 1333 pp; w/ slipcase: 5.32" x 8.46" x 1.82", 0.94 kg * CONTENTS: Typee, A Peep at Polynesian Life (1); Omoo, A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas (317); Mardi and a Voyage Thither (647); Chronology (1317); Note on the Texts (1322); Notes (1326). * ABOUT THE BOOK: This first volume of The Library of America's 3-volume edition of the complete prose works of Herman Melville includes 3 romances of the South Seas. "Typee" & "Omoo", based on young Melville's experiences on a whaling ship, are exuberant accounts of the idyllic life among the cannibals in Polynesia. They remained his most popular works well into the 20th century. "Mardi" ( the "world" in Polynesian) is a mixture of love story, adventure & political allegory, set on a mythical Pacific island, that anticipates the complexities of "Moby-Dick". Together, these 3 romances give early evidence of the genius & daring that make Melville the master novelist of the sea & a precursor of modernist literature. Two companion volumes (Herman Melville: "Redburn", "White-Jacket", "Moby-Dick" & Herman Melville: "Pierre", "Israel Potter", "The Piazza Tales", "The Confidence Man", "Uncollected Prose", & "Billy Budd") complete LOA's splendid edition of Melville's prose. * THE LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an award-winning, nonprofit program dedicated to publishing America's best & most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as "the most important book-publishing project in the nation's history" (Newsweek), this acclaimed series is restoring America's literary heritage in "the finest-looking, longest-lasting edition ever made" (New Republic). * SHIPPING: MNEMOSYNE carefully wraps, labels & custom-packages this fine book for FREE domestic shipment via USPS MEDIA MAIL or USPS PRIORITY MAIL for a nominal additional fee & via efficient USPS FIRST CLASS MAIL to all international shipments at our posted rates. Codice articolo 009191
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