On a tour of the South Seas with his artist friend John La Farge, the American author Henry Adams was tempted by visions of Polynesian beauties and wished he had the talent "to paint a beautiful naked figure, standing on her swimming board. . . . I hope La Farge will do it." The watercolor above is La Farge's response to his friend's challenge, and the title of the work is "Fayaway." A tribute to Melville's famous maiden in Typee, it was the painter's idealized view of life in the South Seas, with a nude that is more European than Polynesian. Melville's literary portrait of Fayaway has inspired poets, painters, and songwriters, but it all began with the young woman herself inspiring dreams in Melville that would later move him to write the most memorable scenes in his first book, Typee (1846).