Best known for producing one of the masterworks of American literature, the novel Moby-Dick, Herman Melville also branched out into many other genres of writing over the course of his career. The novella Israel Potter: His Fifty Years in Exile was initially published in serial form in a magazine. It offers a fictionalized account of an American-born man whose remarkable life included time spent as a soldier, sailor, prisoner, spy,...
29) The Two Temples
Omoo: A Narrative of the South Seas is the sequel to Melville's Typee, both fictional yet highly autobiographical. The narrator ships on a whaling vessel to Tahiti, where the crew mutinies and are imprisoned. The narrative is full of his observations of the Tahitian customs and way of life. Omoo is based on Melville's experiences in the Society Islands.