Omoo: A Narrative of Adventures in the South Seas, Volume Two, Scholarly Edition

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Juni 1968



Melvilles continuing adventures in the South Seasnow for the first time in Penguin Classics Following the commercial and critical success of "Typee," Herman Melville continued his series of South Sea adventure-romances with "Omoo," Named after the Polynesian term for a rover, or someone who roams from island to island, "Omoo" chronicles the tumultuous events aboard a South Sea whaling vessel and is based on Melvilles personal experiences as a crew member on a ship sailing the Pacific. From recruiting among the natives for sailors to handling deserters and even mutiny, Melville gives a first-person account of life as a sailor during the nineteenth century filled with colorful characters and vivid descriptions of the far-flung locales of Polynesia.


Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention (the first, Typee, becoming a bestseller), and after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime. When he died in 1891, he was almost completely forgotten. It was not until the "Melville Revival" in the early 20th century that his work won recognition, especially Moby-Dick, which was hailed as one of the literary masterpieces of both American and world literature. He was the first writer to have his works collected and published by the Library of America.
EAN: 9780810101609
ISBN: 0810101602
Untertitel: 'Melville'. REV. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Juni 1968
Seitenanzahl: 381 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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