True Tales of the South Seas, James Norman Hall 1st, Tahiti, Polynesia, Pacific

The Forgotten One, and Other True Tales of the South Seas , by James Norman Hall. Introduction by Eugene Burdick. Little, Brown, Boston, 1952. Stated first edition. Octavo, beige cloth covers with green lettering, 246 pages. The author (1887-1951) was best known for the novel Mutiny on the Bounty, with co-author Charles Nordhoff.

From dust jacket description: "It was in 1920 that James Norman Hall first came to the island of Tahiti. He was a young veteran aviator who had just returned to the United States after four years of fighting in France, and who was now seeking a quite refuge in which to write. He found a furnished room in the village of Papeete and there in the company of his good friend and fellow aviator, Charles Nordhoff, he settled down to enjoy, to assimilate and to write about the South Seas. He soon made friends with the captains of the little trading schooners, and accompanies them on their voyages to the remote atolls. He trusted and was trusted by the Chinese traders, he helped straighten out a literary beachcomber like Robert Dean Frisbie, and over the years in his direct and friendly way he won the confidence of the recluses, the white exiles from England and Europe, who had found a new way of life in Polynesia. It is these "forgotten ones" that the author makes us know so intimately in the masterful
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