White-jacket : Or, The World in a Man-of-war

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In 1843, after three years of voyaging in the South Seas, Melville signed up as an ordinary seaman on the man-of-war United States , and headed for home. What he observed on that trip formed the basis of White-Jacket , a success both as a story and as an expos 'e of certain naval practices of which the public was only dimly aware. Melville's subtitle, `The World in a Man-of-War', points to its broad theme: the autocratic, male regime aboard the Neversink is perhaps no more than a microcosm of pre-Civil War America. But under his scandalized liberalism, his desire to expose and to reform a barbaric system which reflects badly on the Declaration of Independence, runs an unspoken connection. The treatment meted out to the white men on the man-of-war is the same as that experienced by black slaves in every state. With hindsight, Melville's novel is double-edged. This is the only paperback edition currently available. This book is intended for general; students at undergraduate level following courses on American literature. explanatory notes by: Dugdale, John;show more

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  • Paperback | 482 pages
  • 114.3 x 180.34 x 22.86mm | 272.15g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192818287
  • 9780192818287

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