White-jacket

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 expose 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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 484 pages
  • 133.6 x 197.1 x 22.6mm | 326.59g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0192838016
  • 9780192838018

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"It's terrific to see this in print again, and with a useful appendix as well."--Charles Npravnik, State University of New York at Brockport"An unusually attractive edition, from the cover design to the print and the generous margins. The author chronology, bibliography, and explanatory notes are all helpful. I also like the size and the feel of this edition."--Donald Coen, Sam Houston State University"Delighted to have a moderately priced, well annotated edition available again."--Marvin Fisher, Arizona State University"Excellent! Good, clear type--a much needed new edition."--George F. Day, University of North Iowa "It's terrific to see this in print again, and with a useful appendix as well."--Charles Npravnik, State University of New York at Brockport "An unusually attractive edition, from the cover design to the print and the generous margins. The author chronology, bibliography, and explanatory notes are all helpful. I also like the size and the feel of this edition."--Donald Coen, Sam Houston State University "Delighted to have a moderately priced, well annotated edition available again."--Marvin Fisher, Arizona State University "Excellent! Good, clear type--a much needed new edition."--George F. Day, University of North Iowa "It's terrific to see this in print again, and with a useful appendix as well."--Charles Npravnik, State University of New York at Brockport "An unusually attractive edition, from the cover design to the print and the generous margins. The author chronology, bibliography, and explanatory notes are all helpful. I also like the size and the feel of this edition."--Donald Coen, Sam Houston State University "Delighted to have a moderately priced, well annotated edition available again."--Marvin Fisher, Arizona State University "Excellent! Good, clear type--a much needed new edition."--George F. Day, University of North Iowa "It's terrific to see this in print again, and with a useful appendix as well."--Charles Npravnik, State University of New York at Brockport"An unusually attractive edition, from the cover design to the print and the generous margins. The author chronology, bibliography, and explanatory notes are all helpful. I also like the size and the feel of this edition."--Donald Coen, Sam Houston State University"Delighted to have a moderately priced, well annotated edition available again."--Marvin Fisher, Arizona State University"Excellent! Good, clear type--a much needed new edition."--George F. Day, University of North Iowashow more

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