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Bartleby the scrivener, and, Benito Cereno

Author: Herman Melville
Publisher: London : Hesperus Press, 2007.
Series: Hesperus classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When a New York lawyer needs to take on another copyist, it is Bartleby who responds to his advertisement, and arrives "pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn." At first a diligent employee, he soon begins to refuse work, saying only "I would prefer not to." So begins the story of Bartleby-passive to the point of absurdity yet paradoxically extremely disruptive-which rapidly turns from farce to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Psychological fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
Bartleby the scrivener, and, Benito Cereno.
London : Hesperus Press, 2007
(OCoLC)607666180
Online version:
Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
Bartleby the scrivener, and, Benito Cereno.
London : Hesperus Press, 2007
(OCoLC)608149108
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Herman Melville
ISBN: 9781843911562 1843911566
OCLC Number: 85898290
Description: ix, 126 pages ; 20 cm.
Contents: Bartleby the scrivener --
Benito Cereno.
Series Title: Hesperus classics.
Other Titles: Bartleby the scrivener
Benito Cereno
Responsibility: Herman Melville ; foreword by Patrick McGrath.
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When a New York lawyer needs to take on another copyist, it is Bartleby who responds to his advertisement, and arrives "pallidly neat, pitiably respectable, incurably forlorn." At first a diligent employee, he soon begins to refuse work, saying only "I would prefer not to." So begins the story of Bartleby-passive to the point of absurdity yet paradoxically extremely disruptive-which rapidly turns from farce to inexplicable tragedy. Accompanying Bartleby, Benito Cereno was first serialized in 1855, and centers around a slave rebellion on board a Spanish merchant ship in 1799.

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