The Literary Years

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The Literary Years As an ordinary seaman on the man-of-war  United States,  Melville returned to Boston in October  1844, where he resumed civilian life. His imagination continued to seek refuge on the waves under a  restless sky. In 1846, from his experience among the cannibals, he composed  Typee: A Peep at  Polynesian Life,  the first of four amorphous autobiographical novels. The book opened the world of  the South Seas to readers and went into its fifth printing that same year, yet earned only $2,000.  Although expunged of erotic passages, his work met with negative criticism from religious editors  who attacked another element — his description of the greed of missionaries to the South Pacific. The favorable reaction of readers, on the other hand, encouraged Melville to produce more blends of  personal experience and fiction:  Omoo  (1847), which is based on his adventures in Tahiti, 
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