Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street

Bartleby, The Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street

by Herman Melville

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Bartleby is a kind of clerk, a copyist, "who obstinately refuses to go on doing the sort of writing demanded of him." During the spring of 1851, Melville felt similarly about his work on Moby Dick. Thus, Bartleby can be seen to represent Melville's frustration with his own situation as a writer, and the story itself is "about a writer who forsakes conventional modes because of an irresistible preoccupation with the most baffling philosophical questions." Bartleby can also be seen to represent Melville's relation to his commercial, democratic society.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781627550079
Publisher: Wilder Publications, Inc.
Publication date: 07/02/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 40
Sales rank: 309,065
File size: 618 KB

About the Author

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 - A Story Of Wall-Street 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
amydross on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This story was so much fun! I feel like there are a hundred valid readings of this economical little tale... I never thought I would feel sympathy for a "boss" character, until the narrator of this story. But Bartleby too, seems a kind of hero, as frustrating as he is -- a classic American slacker. Despite the occasionally satirical overtones, ultimately a very subtle rendering of the relations between working people, between men, between humans. Oh Bartleby, oh humanity!(I see below that there is a Deleuze article on this story, which I am now eager to read.)
mahallett on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
thought i wouldn't like it. read it because it was short. liked it. strange story.