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ISBN:
1619493799
Author:
Herman Melville
Category:
Classics
Language:
English
Publisher:
Melville Press (February 25, 2012)
Pages:
138 pages
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Home Herman Melville Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener. Bartleby was one of those beings of whom nothing is ascertainable, except from the original sources, and in his case those are very small.

Home Herman Melville Benito Cereno and Bartleby the Scrivener. What my own astonished eyes saw of Bartleby, that is all I know of him, except, indeed, one vague report which will appear in the sequel. Ere introducing the scrivener, as he first appeared to me, it is fit I make some mention of myself, my employees, my business, my chambers, and general surroundings; because some such description is indispensable to an adequate understanding of the chief character about to be presented.

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-"Bartleby" and "Benito Cereno"-first appeared as magazine pieces and were then published in 1856 as part of a collection of short stories entitled The Piazza Tales. Bartleby" (also known as "Bartleby the Scrivener") is an intriguing moral allegory set in the business world of mid-19th-century New York.

Bartleby and Benito Cereno book. Herman Melville towers among American writers not only. 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 - "Bartleby" and "Benito Cereno" - first appeared as magazine pieces and were then published in 1856 as part of a collection of short stories entitled The Piazza Tales. Two of the most admired of these "Bartleby" and "Benito Cereno" first . . Two of the most admired of these "Bartleby" and "Benito Cereno" first appeared as magazine piece and were then published in 1856 as part of a collection of short stories entitled "The Piazza Tales. "Bartleby" (also known as "Bartleby the Scrivener") is an intriguing moral allegory set in the business world of mid-19th-century New York

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.

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Benito Cereno," a harrowing tale of slavery and revolt aboard a Spanish ship, is regarded by many as Melville's finest short story. ISBN13: 9781611043877.

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This volume collects two of Melville’s most memorable and celebrated short fiction pieces, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” and “Benito Cereno.” A short story that largely reflected Melville’s own frustrations as a writer, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” tells the story of a Manhattan-based clerk and copyist who is driven by depression and self-determination to renounce the writing assignments and expectations demanded of him by his superiors. “Benito Cereno,” on the other hand, is a harrowing novella that revolves around a slave rebellion aboard a Spanish merchant ship and the utter depravity of the circumstances preceding it. Both works of extraordinary literary significance, they continue to showcase Melville at the peak of his creativity.
  • shustrik
The story is recounted many years after Bartleby has died by the narrator, or may be by Melville himself.
Well, this is Wall Street.
Bartleby is admitted to be a copyist, a scrivener, in a peculiar office, btw - where 3 employees are already working, each one has his strangeness - and the owner, who proclaims himself as a greedy man only interested in working with the rich men bonds.
To my surprise and, in my opinion, the owner is gentle - not kind - extremely polite, incapable of violence and is too much drawn to the weirdness of his employees, respecting each one of them (which for me, as an owner, would be rather impossible).
Bartleby uses 'I prefer not to', each time he is asked to do something that he is not copying. It's in my opinion, rather then a negation of what his employe demands, an assertion of his human choice.
Just to add some fire to this discussion, when Bartleby prefers not to, he pushes others onto doing something as he will not. As he affirms gently and kindly he prefers not to, or rather, as he hold forth his , making someone do it for him because the World and, specially Wall Street cannot be stopped.
Imagine, for just a moment, if the trio in the office do the same as Bartleby, or even the lawyer, if they prefer not to, what would happen?

He simply preferred not to just because Melville wanted the narrator - and us - to think about the possibility of someone who doesn't exist - or who doesn't want to exist - from the beginning because he affirms instead of negates that he preferred not to.

In fact, this is not a refusal, traced back to its Latin etymology praefero, the first meaning was "to bear before, to carry in front, to hold forth." And, later it was included the meanings of "to offer, to present."

So, this is his form of saying I am, and I choose not to do it from the beginning. It's his affirmation.

I don't agree that all humans are here to create in the sense of creating something new with Nietzsche and Marx that every men should be creating something new and Bartleby as copyist is denying when he affirms - or negates, if using Nietzsche's and Marx's thoughts, I prefer not to.

NO.
Even as a copyist, Bartleby was creating. As Lavoisier said, "In Nature, nothing is created, nothing is lost, everything is transformed."
Some humans are transformative, and this is creation on itself.
Copying an original document is a form of creation when the original document is not the same document anymore. It's transforming. And in the end, it's creating. So, apart from the great citations of Nietzsche, to whom I bow, and Marx, with whom I've my frictions, I don't think that Bartleby was there to negate himself because he was forbidden to create.

There is poetical assertion in not doing what you don't want to…
Beautiful, but sad.
'Oh, humanity!'
  • Porgisk
Bartleby the Scrivener was first published in 1853, Benito Cereno in 1855. Both appeared after Moby Dick (1851).

Bartleby is unforgettable. We witness him being hired as a scrivener, a low paid clerk who copies documents in a lawyer's office. His employer is a compassionate gentleman charmingly tolerant of eccentric workers. The two other clerks are an employer's nightmare, but the gloomy Bartleby is even more provoking. When asked to do anything extra in the office, he replies, "I would prefer not to."

Bartleby mesmerizes the narrator, and the reader, with his physical and emotional immobility - and comes to symbolize something about the human condition. Yet we take this something rather lightly, because of the subtle humor of the narration. Truly a gem of a story!

In Benito Cereno we are plunged into yet another bizarre situation. Captain Delano of Massachusetts is anchored off an uninhabited Chilean island and sees a Spanish merchantman coming his way, maneuvering weirdly. Thinking the ship must be distressed, the good-natured captain boards it with offers of help.

The ship, he is told, has been decimated by gales and illnesses, and Benito Cereno, its captain, is sickly and morose to the point of madness. Slaves are a significant part of the cargo, and they roam about engaged in strange tasks. The genial Captain Delano is himself too strangely blinded by racial stereotypes to see what's going on around him.

It's not entirely clear what Melville meant by these highly atmospheric stories. Their interpretation has been a matter of hot debate by scholars. But that's part of the fun of reading them. We may feel free to speculate.
  • LadyShlak
Melville astonishes with two prolific short stories. The diction in Bartlby throws the reader into the narrator's mind and rationale towards the aforementioned 'antagonist', while Benito Cereno defies the credibility of Captain Delano and his interpretation of the ominous and absurd ship. I highly recommend both stories for they are simply works of literary masterpiece!
  • Skiletus
Surprisingly, I enjoy these stories! I was fascinated by Melville from what I could research and learn after being curious about who wrote such works. I would say absolutely worth reading over if you enjoy thought provoking story where you're curious what the author is saying in the shadows.
  • OTANO
Glad I read them. Lots of food for thought in Bartleby. Lots of drama and history in Benito Cereno. Very different from what I expected, but I have never read Moby Dick, so maybe it's Melville's style.

If you want a taste of Melville without reading a big book like Moby Dick, these might interest you.
  • Glei
My rating isn't really an indication that this is a BAD book, but rather that it's really not my cup of tea. I enjoy particular genres in the literature I read and this doesn't really fit into it. I ordered it for class and managed to read it, but I ended up selling it once I was done with it.
  • Winenama
Melville has a tendency to overload his narrative, but since this is a short book it doesn't ruin the tale. The suspense is well-kept, and the dénouement is handled superbly, as Melville always does.
If you love Moby Dick and you still want more Melville checkout Bartleby an Benito Cereno

Reviewed by James David
Author of The Coast Guard Oracle