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Collected in this volume are Bartleby the Scrivener, Benito Cereno, and Billy Budd—presented in the best texts available, those published during Melville's lifetime and corrected by the author.
Each text has been carefully edited and annotated for student readers.
As his writing reflects, Melville was extraordinarily well read. "Contexts" collects important sources for each novel, including writings by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Amasa Delano, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
"Criticism" includes twenty-eight essays about the novels sure to promote classroom discussion. Contributors include Leo Marx, Elizabeth Hardwick, Frederick Busch, Robert Lowell, Herschel Parker, Carolyn L. Karcher, Thomas Mann, and Hannah Arendt.
A Selected Bibliography is included.
|The Texts of Melville's Short Novels|
|Bartleby, The Scrivener||3|
|Billy Budd, Sailor||103|
|Bartleby, the Scrivener||173|
|"Bartleby" and "The Lawyer's Story"||173|
|Bartleby: The Ascetic's Advent||176|
|A Narrative of Voyages and Travels, Chapter XVIII||199|
|[Hawthorne and Melville in Liverpool]||231|
|From Justice Accused||232|
|Bartleby, The Scrivener||239|
|Melville's Parable of the Walls||239|
|From Bartleby in Manhattan||257|
|The Reliable Narrator||266|
|On Benito Cereno: Opposing Views||287|
|Epigraph to Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man||288|
|[The Yankee Captain]||294|
|Whose Foot on Whose Throat? A Re-Examination of Melville's Benito Cereno||296|
|The Topicality of Depravity in "Benito Cereno"||303|
|[Mutiny and Slave Revolt]||317|
|"Benito Cereno": Babo as Leader||329|
|From The Plot of Billy Budd and the Politics of Interpreting It||341|
|[On the Movie Billy Budd]||342|
|Once Again, "Billy Budd" Is Standing Trial||343|
|[Melville and Revolution]||344|
|From Billy Budd and Melville's Philosophy of War||356|
|[Homosexuality in Billy Budd]||359|
|[Is Vere a Hero?]||361|
|[Father and Son in Billy Budd]||365|
|[On Billy Budd]||369|
|An Inside Narrative||371|
|The Bible in Billy Budd||375|
|[Compassion and Goodness]||396|
Posted February 27, 2013
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