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1451502761
Author:
Herman Melville
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Classics
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English
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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (February 18, 2010)
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Herman Melville Bartleby, The Scrivener A Story of Wall-Street I am a rather elderly man. The nature of my avocations for the last thirty years has brought me into more than ordinary contact with what would seem an interesting and somewhat singular set of men, of whom as yet nothing that I know of has ever been written:-I mean the law-copyists or scriveners. I am a rather elderly man.

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam's Magazine, and reprinted with mino.

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam's Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856. In the story, a Wall Street lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to make copies or do any other task required of him, with the words "I would prefer not t.

Herman Melville from 1. Bartleby, The Scrivener. 2. as a-premature act; inasmuch as I had counted upon a life-lease of the prots, whereas I only received those of a few short years.

Herman Melville from. The Piazza Tales 1856. Ere introducing the scrivener, as he rst appeared to me, it is t I make some mention of myself, my employées, my business, my chambers, and general sur-roundings; because some such description is indispensable to an adequate under-standing of the chief character about to be presented. Imprimis: I am a man who, from his youth upwards, has been lled with a profound conviction that the easiest way of life is the best. 1. But this is by the way.

Herman Melville (1819–1891). Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-street. I have known very many of them, professionally and privately, and if I pleased, could relate divers histories, at which good-natured gentlemen might smile, and sentimental souls might weep

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.

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 no. 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

Herman Melville Herman Melville towers among American writers not only for his powerful .

Bartleby, The Scrivener A Story of Wall-Street. Author: Herman Melville. Herman Melville towers among American writers not only for his powerful novels, but also for the stirring novellas and short stories that flowed from his pen. Two of the most admired of these – & and & Cereno& – first appeared as magazine pieces and were then published in 1856 as part of a collection of short stories entitled & Piazza Tales& (also known as & the Scrivener& is an intriguing moral allegory set in the business world of mid-19th-century New York.

Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" .

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A summary of "Bartleby the Scrivener" in Herman Melville's Melville Stories. The plot is deceptively simple

A summary of "Bartleby the Scrivener" in Herman Melville's Melville Stories. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of Melville Stories and what it means. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. The plot is deceptively simple. The Lawyer, a well-established man of sixty working on Wall Street, hires a copyist-seemingly no different from any other copyist, though the Lawyer is well-accustomed to quirky copyists. But Bartleby is different. Bartleby's initial response of "I would prefer not to," seems innocent at first, but soon it becomes a mantra, a slogan that is an essential part of Bartleby's character.

Herman Melville (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young Melville's thirteenth year, his father died.

"Bartleby, the Scrivener" was written by Herman Melville in 1853, two years after Moby Dick had been published and his writing career was beginning to lose its luster. Subtitled, "A Story of Wall Street", the book is a seemingly simple story about a lawyer who hires a gentleman named Bartleby as a scrivener in his office. In those long-ago days before copy machines, scriveners had the tedious job of hand-copying documents, sometimes over and over. Bartleby was good at the copying part of his job, but when asked to proofread aloud one day he simply replied, "I prefer not to." From that moment forward, he used the phrase "I prefer not to" for every task requested of him, eventually "preferring not to" do any work whatsoever. The lawyer, who is astounded by Bartleby's attitude, tells the story in the first person. The story is rich in language and yet spare in actual action. The reader is forced to think, and think seriously about the choices we make daily. Bartleby chose to rebel and become an anti-hero. But the real protagonist of the story is the lawyer, who is drawn into Bartleby's power and grows to admire him. The conclusion is sad, but inevitable. The story of Bartleby is simply about a man losing his will to live. It is intended to show the reader a dark side in all of us when the meaning of our existence is allowed to be challenged. The chilling image of Bartleby in his previous job at the Dead Letter Office, and the fact that Melville left Bartleby's reason for being (or not being) a mystery, all adds to the intrigue of "Bartleby, the Scrivener." First published anonymously Putnam's Monthly Magazine, "Bartleby, the Scrivener" reflects Melville's own pessimism at the time.
  • Gir
Herman Melville’s Bartleby the Scrivener is something of a seduction. It is either a long short story or a short novella. 64 pages in my lovely Art of the Novella edition. This is among the last works of Melville and is considered as the first work in the emerging style known as naturalism. It may be but it is certainly gentle and initially light hearted in its tone.

It is this light heartedness that makes it seductive. We are introduced to an almost Dickensian office of scriveners. Here the staff spends every working day writing out in long hand, exact duplicates of legal documents, arguments and depositions. Every page must be word for word correct and with the least tolerance for blots. The owner and narrator runs his team with a light hand. Think of a less gregarious version of Mr. Fezziwig from A Christmas Carrol or Samuel Pickwick of the Pickwick Papers. The owner/narrator has a high tolerance for personal quirks and a tendency among the staff to fuel up on alcohol during meal times. Into this mix come Bartleby. The man who prefers, not to. Every effort is made to adjust to his idiosyncrasies, but each adjustment takes the story into a darker place and tests his employer’s tolerance for a man who eventually ceases to have any functions except to be there.

The usual case for Bartleby is that he is the man who refuses to fit in. The man who simply says “I prefer not to”. This analyses than turns to the rest of us and asks if we can call ourselves human or humane if we cannot find a space for the person who offers nothing? The question is valid, the example is flawed.

As the story progresses Bartleby is granted a great deal. Changes are made to his benefit and his reply is to assume as his right that more will be given. There is always something else that he “prefers not to.” To me the question of Bartleby is one of how to best serve his mental health issues. Something poorly recognized and most often grossly mishandled in Melville’s time and defining the literary point at which Bartleby achieves the perfect negative state of “preferring not to”.
  • Invissibale
This review is for the free Kindle edition of this novella. The novella is available for purchase in several book formats, some of which contain excellent critical essays on this important American author and his work. This Kindle edition contains only the text of the novella, but it is free and that's great.

"Bartleby the Scrivener" is a very accessible short novella by the author of "Moby Dick." It tells the story of a strange young man named Bartleby who shows up one morning at a New York law firm and is employed as a copyist (scrivener.) In those days (mid-nineteenth century), legal work was horrendously tedious for the clerks since huge briefs and depositions had to be copied by hand by men who did nothing all day but write a clear hand (and try not to leave ink blots on the paper,) and then check their work by reading it aloud back to each other.

This is one of my favorite novellas (really a long short story). Wittily narrated by the harassed lawyer who owns the law firm, it describes the characters of those copyists who are employed there, and tells of the strange Bartleby who just decides to stop doing any work one day, telling his exasperated employer that he "prefers not to."

The story is a wonderful mixture of high comedy, pathos and fascinating commentary on the human condition. I re-read it at least once a year, and I always enjoy it and get something fresh from Melville's wise insights and his wonderful wit.

Highly recommended.
  • bass
What a haunting story. It makes you ponder long after you finish reading. Such loneliness, such pathos. Bartleby
was an outlier of society with his own value system. No wonder the society rejected him. But that does not make him less of a human being.
  • Gigafish
this is a short story with with some complexity around character development. there were really only two characters in the story. the narrator who was the owner of the firm and bartleby, someone he hired. It has a sad ending. The author does leave a lot of questions unanswered, but the story still reads well.
  • mIni-Like
When you say "Herman Melville", people groan and think of being made to read Moby Dick in high school and/or college. This is quick, interesting, and raises a lot of questions. I give it to my friends to see if they are a social conservative or a social liberal. The plot moves quickly, although the writing style is dated.
  • Lightseeker
There is something profoundly eternal in Bartleby's tale. In his petrified isolation, he is as much a part of the 21st century as of the 19th. More's the pity for us. More's the wonder.
  • Bloodfire
I love this book . . . encountered this character in a graduate level course of Melville's works for my Master's degree back in the '70s. What a great answer Bartleby gave when he "preferred not to"! I've used this myself--sometimes jokingly--in the years since I became acquainted with the scrivener.
I am a true lover and collector of classic literature, but somehow this is my first opportunity to read Mellville. Bartleby is an odd little story about an odd scavenger that stays with you long after the pages have all bet turned.