Bartleby the Scrivener / Edition 1

Bartleby the Scrivener / Edition 1

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by Herman Melville
     
 

ISBN-10: 1406509884

ISBN-13: 9781406509885

Pub. Date: 08/12/2006

Publisher: Dodo Press

Bartleby the Scrivener (1853), by Herman Melville, 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 declines the assignment his employer gives him with the inscrutable "I would prefer not." The utterance of this remark sets off a confounding set of actions and behavior, making the…  See more details below

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Bartleby the Scrivener (1853), by Herman Melville, 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 declines the assignment his employer gives him with the inscrutable "I would prefer not." 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781406509885
Publisher:
Dodo Press
Publication date:
08/12/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,033,836
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range:
1 - 17 Years

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Bartleby the Scrivener 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
mitchellenglish More than 1 year ago
Herman Melville’s "Bartleby the Scrivener mixes" comedy and reality with absurdity and superfluous behavior. Bartleby, the main character, is a unique individual who has complete disconnect from reality. His oblivious behavior and style is a testament to this. He eats nothing but chestnuts and has no engagement with sleep. On the contrary, he keeps the book interesting by displaying his lack of respect toward authority. He would “prefer not to”. The story is based upon the theme of absurdity with reality. Bartleby was chosen by the narrator, a Wall Street law firm owner, to be his assistant scrivener (law copier) because of his work ethic and reposed behavior. However, unfortunately Bartleby decides to stay content with doing nothing and ending up in a place both him and everybody else did not expect. It is recommended that this piece of literature be on your bucket list as a part of America’s great and iconic literary works. Melville truly captured absurdity in "Bartleby the Scrivener".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago