Bartleby the Scrivener

Bartleby the Scrivener

Paperback, 64 pages

Published May 1st 2004 by Melville House

Description

Academics hail it as the beginning of modernism, but to readers around the world—even those daunted by



is simply one of the most absorbing and moving novellas ever. Set in the mid-19th century on New York City's Wall Street, it was also, perhaps, Herman Melville's most pres......more

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Tony

I would tell you what I think of this story, but I prefer not to.

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Bill Kerwin

What a pleasure it is to return to a work of genius and find it inexhaustible! What a host of insights, what a web of subtleties, are contained within this short account of the breakdown of one man in a five man office!

I think of Melville the sailor, accustomed to wide sea vistas and man......more

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Muhtasin Fuad

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In the story, a lawyer hired a clerk but he preferred not to do any work. Now the interesting part is how the lawyer would handle him. That's a magnificent story about sympathy and depression. The beauty of the book is the way it develops. From a rather jovial, common description of ......more

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Riku Sayuj

At first, as I tried to contain my surprise that Melville, who awed me in Moby Dick, was now writing with such humour and lightness, I felt that Bartleby was a Heroic figure, someone to be admired and emulated - and a welcome break from the complicated characters of the doomed ship.

On se......more

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Ahmad Sharabiani



is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam's Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856.

In the story, a Wall Street lawyer ......more

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Swaroop



Herman Melville's '

', a thought-provoking novella with excellent prose, addresses two of the sides of human beings - the deep and empathising thought process of the narrator; and the self-isolating and self-imposed degressive spirit of the main character.

The stor......more

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Ahmad Sharabiani

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam's Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856.

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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

This classic 1853 Herman Melville novella is absurd and bleak, darkly humorous and heart-wrenching at the same time. It's the first time I've read it since a college English course years ago, when I didn’t much care for it. I appreciated it much more this time around.

Bartleby is a scrive......more

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Seemita

I could ask you to look beyond your desk if you are at work or peep down your balcony if you are at home and spot a Bartleby.

I could urge you to frame that calamitous Bartleby whose 'selective' inveterate muteness is either enhancing your tolerance reserves or sharpening your fighting ......more

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İntellecta

"i perefer not to"

A very touching and sad story about passive resistance! That encourages me to think. How i would behave in the situation? Would I accept him like that or would I fire him? I really dont know?! oh book. "oh Bartleby, oh mankind."

About the author(Herman Melville)

Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his l......more

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