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A classic adventure and travel story, Typee recounts the exploits of Tom, a runaway sailor, on the South Seas island of Nukuheva, from his capture by Typees, by reputation “a fierce and unrelenting tribe of savages,” to his daring escape when he realizes they have no intention of ever letting him return to his former life. Melville’s first and most popular novel during his lifetime, Typee is a sensuoulsy and evocatively told story of South Seas customs, rituals and society, and a provocative critique of civilized Western life.
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition is set from the definitive Northwestern-Newberry edition of Typee and includes newly commissioned explanatory notes and an introduction by Robert Sullivan.
“A classic of American literature [and] the pioneer in South Sea romance.”—Arthur Stedman