Album artwork for Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

Academics hail it as the beginning of modernism, but to readers around the world—even those daunted by Moby-DickBartleby the Scrivener is simply one of the most absorbing and moving novellas ever. Set in the mid-19th century on New York City’s Wall Street, it was also, perhaps, Herman Melville's most prescient story: what if a young man caught up in the rat race of commerce finally just said, "I would prefer not to"?

The tale is one of the final works of fiction published by Melville before, slipping into despair over the continuing critical dismissal of his work after Moby-Dick, he abandoned publishing fiction. The work is presented here exactly as it was originally published in Putnam's magazine—to, sadly, critical disdain.

Herman Melville

Bartleby the Scrivener

Melville House Books
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Album artwork for Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Paperback

$10.00

Paperback

Released 04/17/2015Catalogue Number

0974607800

Herman Melville

Bartleby the Scrivener

Melville House Books
Album artwork for Album artwork for Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville by Bartleby the Scrivener - Herman Melville
Album artwork for Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville
Paperback

$10.00

Paperback

Released 04/17/2015Catalogue Number

0974607800

Academics hail it as the beginning of modernism, but to readers around the world—even those daunted by Moby-DickBartleby the Scrivener is simply one of the most absorbing and moving novellas ever. Set in the mid-19th century on New York City’s Wall Street, it was also, perhaps, Herman Melville's most prescient story: what if a young man caught up in the rat race of commerce finally just said, "I would prefer not to"?

The tale is one of the final works of fiction published by Melville before, slipping into despair over the continuing critical dismissal of his work after Moby-Dick, he abandoned publishing fiction. The work is presented here exactly as it was originally published in Putnam's magazine—to, sadly, critical disdain.