Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

by Herman Melville
     
 

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Herman Melville's tale of corporate discontent tells the story of a quiet, hardworking legal copyist who works in an office in the Wall Street area of New York City. One day, Bartleby's employer requests he proofread one of the documents he has copied. Bartleby declines the assignment with the inscrutable "I would prefer not," the first of what will become many

Overview

Herman Melville's tale of corporate discontent tells the story of a quiet, hardworking legal copyist who works in an office in the Wall Street area of New York City. One day, Bartleby's employer requests he proofread one of the documents he has copied. Bartleby declines the assignment with the inscrutable "I would prefer not," the first of what will become many refusals. The utterance of this remark sets off a confounding set of actions and behavior, making the unsettling character of Bartleby one of Melville's most enigmatic and unforgettable creations.

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"In our own time of terror and torture, Benito Cereno has emerged as the most salient of Melville's works: a tale of desperate men in the grip of a vengeful fury that those whom they hate cannot begin to understand."  —Andrew Delbanco, author, Melville

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781455112616
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2013
Edition description:
Unabridged
Pages:
2
Sales rank:
1,304,084
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-1891) was an American author best known for his masterpiece, Moby-Dick. A shrewd social critic and philosopher in his fiction, he is considered an outstanding writer of the sea and a great stylist of both realistic narrative and rich, rhythmical prose.

STEFAN RUDNICKI, a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, has narrated more than one hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was awarded the coveted Audie® Award for solo narration in both 2005 and 2007 and was named as one of AudioFile's Best Voices of the Year in 2008.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
August 1, 1819
Date of Death:
September 28, 1891
Place of Birth:
New York, New York
Place of Death:
New York, New York
Education:
Attended the Albany Academy in Albany, New York, until age 15

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