Melville's Reviewers: British and American, 1846-1891

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Chapter II: TYPEE

"He seemed to write like a giant refreshed."-- London Morning Chronicle ( 1851), referring to Typee.


BRITISH RECEPTION

If his first six books had not been issued by an arrangement whereby each came out originally in England a few weeks before it did in America, the story of Melville's reputation, as well as of his finances, would have been vastly different. Yet it was partly the result of apparent ill fortune that such strategy was carried out for his first book. He had begun by offering the manuscript of Typee, in the spring of 1845, to several American publishers, including Harper and Brothers. They had all declined it on the ground that the tale could not be true and was therefore of little value.1 That summer, however, Thomas L. Nichols was delighted with the "sailor boy's writing." He urged Herman's brother Gansevoort, who had just been appointed Secretary of the United States Legation to England, to take the manuscript with him to London to try its fortunes there. Nichols pointed out the advantages of prior British publication.2

Gansevoort accomplished his mission, but not at once. In October he showed part of the manuscript to John Murray, who immediately appreciated its dramatic verve, but "scented the forbidden thing--the taint of fiction."3Gansevoort labored to convince this powerful publisher that it was a real sailor's real tale, not the concoction of a "practiced writer" which Murray smelled.4 Melville made changes to give his yarn more informative value, and maintained in his preface that

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1
Zoltan Haraszti, "Melville Defends Typee," More Books, XXII ( June, 1947), 205-208.
2
Adkins, quoting Thomas L. Nichols, New England Quarterly, V, 348.
3
Emily Morse Symonds ( George Paston, pseud.), At John Murray's ( London, 1932), p. 51.
4
Log, p. 199.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • List of Illustrations xii
  • Chapter I: Reviewers British And American 3
  • Chapter II: Typee 20
  • Chapter III: Omoo 66
  • Chapter IV: Mardi 100
  • Chapter V: Redburn 135
  • Chapter VI: White Jacket 157
  • Chapter VII: Moby-Dick 189
  • Chapter VIII: After Moby- Dick 227
  • Chapter IX: "Dead Letters" 265
  • Index 293
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