Cover of: Omoo | Herman Melville


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    Harrison Hayford
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    Hershel Parker
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    G. Thomas Tanselle


a narrative of adventures in the South Seas

Published by Northwestern University Press in Evanston, Illinois .
Written in English.

About the Book

Melville's continuing adventures in the South Seas—now for the first time in Penguin ClassicsFollowing 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 Melville's 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.

Edition Notes

"Historical note, by Gordon Roper": p. 319-344.

The writings of Herman Melville. Northwestern-Newberry ed.


Dewey Decimal Class
Library of Congress
PS2380 .F68 vol. 2, PZ3.M498 .F68 vol. 2, PS2384.O6 .F68 vol. 2

The Physical Object

xv, 380 p.
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