Herman Melville's Typee (1846) is a fictionalized account of Melville's sojourn in the Marquesas Islands. The book was originally published as an authentic travel narrative and Melville claimed the literal truth of the facts.Although Typee was an immediate success, it stirred up a noisy controversy about Melville's veracity. This article argues that Typee is something between fiction and autobiography, romance and travel book. Today when literary categories are breaking down, we know that the point is not to …
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