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Typee by Herman Melville - Is this a worthwhile book to reprint?

Von: samsloan (samhsloan@gmail.com) [Profil]
Datum: 04.06.2010 14:45
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I am considering reprinting the book by Typee by Herman Melville.
Here is the issue:

The book was first published in 1846. It was tremendously popular. It
has since been reprinted many, many times. It has lost its popularity.
Nowadays Herman Melville is remembered for "Moby Dick" and his other
books, not for Typee, even though Typee was his most popular book
during his lifetime.

I think I know the reason: After Typee first came out in 1846 the
censors got ahold of it and took out all the dirty stuff. It was
edited and re-edited by far lesser authors than Herman Melville. For
example, the Google Books edition says: "Edited with an Introduction
by W. P. Trent, Professor of English Literature in Columbia University
New York".

Who is this W. P. Trent? Where was he when Herman Melville created the
Heavens and the Earth"?

How dare he edit the work of the great master-writer Herman Melville?

The plot is a whaling ship is in the South Seas. For six months they
sail around but can never catch any whales. Finally they see land.
This is a beautiful paradise island with lots of fruits they can eat.

When they reach one and a half miles from the island, beautiful girls
swim out to their ship and climb aboard. These men have not seen a
woman in six months and you can just guess what happens next. A wild
sex orgy results.

Needless to say, this wild sex orgy did not make the cut by the
censors.

So, my plan is to reprint the book and put all the original text back
in.

My question is: Have all the reprints left out the dirty stuff? Could
anybody reading this check their own copies to see if it contains the
following text and report back here. It comes at the end of Chapter 2
of the original book:

"Our ship was now wholly given up to every species of riot and
debauchery. The grossest licentiousness and the most shameful
inebriety prevailed, with occasional and but short-lived
interruptions, through the whole period of her stay. Alas for the poor
savages when exposed to the influence of these polluting examples!
Unsophisticated and confiding, they are easily led into every vice,
and humanity weeps over the ruin thus remorselessly inflicted upon
them by their European civilizers. Thrice happy are they who,
inhabiting some yet not discovered island in the midst of the ocean,
have never been brought into contaminating contact with the white
man."

Sam Sloan

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