Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention (the first, Typee, becoming a bestseller), but after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime.
Bartleby, The Scrivenerby Herman Melville
Narra la historia de Bartleby, el escribiente, contada a través de un abogado de nombre desconocido que tiene su oficina en Wall Street, Nueva York y que, según sus propias palabras, en la
Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street es un cuento del escritor estadounidense Herman Melville. Ha sido considerado una de sus mejores obras.
Narra la historia de Bartleby, el escribiente, contada a través de un abogado de nombre desconocido que tiene su oficina en Wall Street, Nueva York y que, según sus propias palabras, en la tranquilidad de un cómodo retiro, trabaja cómodamente con los títulos de propiedad de los hombres ricos, con hipotecas y obligaciones. Tiene tres empleados, apodados Turkey, Nippers y Ginger Nut.
Turkey y Nippers son copistas, o escribientes; Ginger Nut, de apenas doce años, es el chico de los recados. Como los dos escribientes no son suficientes para hacer el trabajo de la oficina, el narrador pone un anuncio para contratar un nuevo empleado. Bartleby se presenta y es contratado de inmediato. Su figura es descrita como pálidamente pulcra, lamentablemente respetable, incurablemente solitaria.
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- 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
- Attended the Albany Academy in Albany, New York, until age 15
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A fantastic story. A true classic from Herman Melville. Really enjoyable.
To: Mr. Rowe, English 11 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 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, literally nothing; standing in the corner of the room all day and night. 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".
The writing is NOTHING like Moby Dick. Really an interesting short story!
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