Bartleby: The Scrivener

Bartleby: The Scrivener

by Herman Melville
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Bartleby: The Scrivener by Herman Melville

"Ah, Bartleby! Ah, humanity!"

Set in 19th century Wall Street, "Bartleby, the Scrivener" is now among the most noted of American short stories. It has been considered a precursor of absurdist literature, touching on several of Franz Kafka's themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781500198763
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/16/2014
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Herman Melville was an American novelist, poet, and writer of short stories. His contributions to the Western canon are the whaling novel Moby-Dick (1851); the short work Bartleby, the Scrivener (1853) about a clerk in a Wall Street office; the slave ship narrative Benito Cereno (1855); and Billy Budd, Sailor (1924). When asked which of the great American writers he most admired, Vladimir Nabokov replied: "When I was young I liked Poe, and I still love Melville, whom I did not read as a boy."

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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Bartleby the Scrivener 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic story. A true classic from Herman Melville. Really enjoyable.
mitchellenglish More than 1 year ago
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".
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The writing is NOTHING like Moby Dick. Really an interesting short story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately, I was never able to open the book once I paid for it. This seems to be an ongoinng problem when I purchase anything through this site. I was forced to go elsewhere and purchase the book in paperback. The book itself was very good.