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Tanselle, G. Thomas (George Thomas) 1934-

Overview
Works: 192 works in 588 publications in 4 languages and 21,263 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Fictional autobiographies  Sea fiction  Naval history  Satire  Action and adventure fiction  Sea stories  History  Poetry  Bildungsromans 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, ed, Other, Annotator
Classifications: PS2384, 813.3
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by G. Thomas Tanselle
Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )

21 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in English and held by 2,765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"These three early novels are stirring romances of the South Seas; many of these fictional details resemble some of the events in Melville's own life in the early 1840s"--Jacket
Redburn, his first voyage ; White-jacket, or, The world in a man-of-war ; Moby-Dick, or, The whale by Herman Melville( Book )

17 editions published between 1983 and 2008 in English and held by 2,669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reburn is the story that relates a young man's initiation into the sailors life; White-Jacket is the story that is a semi-autobiographical account of experiences in the U.S. Navy; Moby-Dick, or the whale is the most famous of Melville's works, and tells the story of Ahab, a ship captain that has become obessed with the hunt for the whale he has named Moby-Dick
Royall Tyler by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

14 editions published between 1966 and 1967 in English and German and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical note: TanselleG. Thomas: G. Thomas Tanselle is Professor of English, the University of Wisconsin
Israel Potter : his fifty years of exile by Herman Melville( Book )

12 editions published between 1982 and 2017 in English and held by 769 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Soldier, sailor, prisoner of war, and spy, Israel Potter's lively career leads to encounters with historic figures such as Ben Franklin, John Paul Jones, and George III. Based on the memoirs of a Revolutionary War veteran, this novel was acclaimed by The Village Voice as "hilarious, tender, expressive." This edition also includes Potter's autobiography, The Life and Remarkable Adventures of Israel R. Potter."--
Guide to the study of United States imprints by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

8 editions published in 1971 in English and held by 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The piazza tales : and other prose pieces, 1839-1860 by Herman Melville( Book )

4 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in English and held by 677 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Included are two sea tales that encompass the essence of Melville's art: "Benito Cereno", an exhilarating account of mutiny and rescue aboard a disabled slave ship, which is a parable of man's struggle against the forces of evil, and "The Encantadas", ten allegorical sketches of the Galapagos Islands, which reveal nature to be both enchanting and horrifying. Two pieces explore themes of isolation and defeat found in Melville's great novels: "Bartelby, the Scrivener", a prophetically modern story of alienation and loss on nineteenth-century Wall Street, and "The Bell Tower", a Faustian tale about a Renaissance architect who brings about his own violent destruction. The other two works reveal Melville's mastery of very different writing styles: "The Lightning-Rod Man", a satire showcasing his talent for Dickensian comedy, and "The Piazza", the title story of the collection, which anticipates the author's later absorption with poetry
Moby Dick : or The whale by Herman Melville( Book )

7 editions published between 1988 and 1991 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Textual criticism and scholarly editing by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

20 editions published between 1990 and 2010 in English and held by 448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The writings by Herman Melville( Book )

in English and held by 424 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A rationale of textual criticism by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

21 editions published between 1989 and 2012 in English and Czech and held by 416 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Textual criticism - the traditional term for the task of evaluating the authority of the words and punctuation of a text-is often considered an undertaking preliminary to literary criticism: many people believe that the job of textual critics is to provide reliable texts for literary critics to analyze. G. Thomas Tanselle argues, on the contrary, that the two activities cannot be separated. The textual critic, in choosing among textual variants and correcting what appear to be textual errors, inevitably exercises critical judgment and reflects a particular point of view toward the nature of literature. And the literary critic, in interpreting the meaning of a work or passage, needs to be (though rarely is) critical of the makeup of every text of it, including those produced by scholarly editors
Book-jackets : their history, forms, and use by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

10 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Literature and artifacts by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and Italian and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fifteen essays collected here form a series of variations on a theme, exploring the interconnections between verbal works and the physical objects--primarily manuscripts and printed books--that transmit them. Verbal works may be intangible, but they generally come to us tied to objects; and the study of such works therefore cannot be separated from the study of artifacts. The aim of this book is to examine the theory that underlies this observation and the practical implications that follow from it
Typee, a peep at Polynesian life by Herman Melville( Book )

19 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Almost from the time of its publication in 1846, Melville's first book, based on his own travels in the South Seas, has been recognized as a classic in the literature of travel and adventure. Although initially rejected as too fantastic to be true, Typee was immensely popular and regarded in Melville's lifetime as his best work. It established his reputation as the literary discoverer of the South Seas and inspired the likes of Jack London and Robert Louis Stevenson. Two common sailors jump ship and are held in benign captivity by Polynesian natives. Through the narrator's eyes we see a literate (if romanticized) portrait of the people and their culture presented in vivid, even scientific, detail. Melville's racy style and irreverence toward Christian missionaries caused a scandal, and critics denounced the narrator's suggestion that the native life might be superior to that of modern civilization. An adventure story above all, albeit one with a philosophical bent, Typee is a combination of elements that even early in Melville's career hinted at the towering ambition he would fulfill with Moby-Dick
Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas by Herman Melville( Book )

13 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in English and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Melville's second book, Omoo, begins where his first book, Typee, leaves off. As the author described the book, "It embraces adventures in the South Seas (of a totally different character from 'Typee') and includes an eventful cruise in an English Colonial Whaleman (a Sydney Ship) and a comical residence on the island of Tahiti." The popular success of Melville's first book encouraged him to write this sequel, hoping it would be "a fitting successor." Typee describes Polynesian life in its "primitive" state, while Omoo represents it as affected by non-native influences, including the sophisticated lifestyle of sailors in the Pacific." "Walt Whitman found Omoo "the most readable sort of reading" and praised its "good-natured style." But many reviewers doubted Melville's veracity, and some objected to his "raciness" and "indecencies." Some also denounced his criticism of missionary endeavors, for his attacks on missionaries were more polemical than those undertaken in the earlier book. Over the years, however, readers have been charmed by both."--Jacket
Mardi and a voyage thither by Herman Melville( Book )

11 editions published between 1968 and 2017 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is the first volume of Melville's highly symbolic novel about a sailor who encounters bizarre countries and peoples in the South Pacific
White-jacket : or, The world in a man-of-war by Herman Melville( Book )

9 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on Melville's own experiences, it explores the fascinating and often harrowing world of a naval fighting ship, the Neversink. The ship becomes for Melville a microcosm of America itself; its hierarchy, social divisions, and cruel practices suggest larger injustices, including slavery
The confidence-man: his masquerade by Herman Melville( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Male, female, deft, fraudulent, constantly shifting: which of the 'masquerade' of passengers on the Mississippi steamboat Fidele is 'the confidence man'? The central motif of Melville's last and most 'modern' novel can be seen as a symbol of American cultural history
Pierre : or, The ambiguities by Herman Melville( Book )

8 editions published between 1971 and 2017 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Redburn, his first voyage; being the sailor-boy confessions and reminiscences of the son-of-a-gentleman, in the merchant service by Herman Melville( Book )

7 editions published between 1969 and 1984 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Redburn charts the coming-of-age of Wellingborough Redburn, a young innocent who embarks on a crossing to Liverpool together with a roguish crew. Once in Liverpool, Redburn encounters the squalid conditions of the city and meets Harry Bolton, a bereft and damaged soul, who takes him on a tour of London that includes a scene of rococo decadence
The pleasures of being a scholar-collector : Robert L. Nikirk lecture, 2005 by G. Thomas Tanselle( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Typee : a peep at Polynesian life ; Omoo : a narrative of adventures in the South Seas ; Mardi, and a voyage thither
Alternative Names
George Thomas Tanselle

Tanselle, G. T. 1934-

Tanselle, G. Thomas

Tanselle, G. Thomas 1934-

Tanselle, George T. 1934-

Tanselle, George Thomas.

Tanselle, George Thomas 1934-

Languages
English (230)

Italian (5)

Czech (2)

German (1)

Covers
Redburn, his first voyage ; White-jacket, or, The world in a man-of-war ; Moby-Dick, or, The whaleIsrael Potter : his fifty years of exileGuide to the study of United States imprintsThe piazza tales : and other prose pieces, 1839-1860Moby Dick : or The whaleThe writingsA rationale of textual criticismTypee, a peep at Polynesian life