Cover of: Bartleby and Benito Cereno | Herman Melville

About the Book

Contains:
Bartleby, the Scrivener
Benito Cereno

About the Edition

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. A strange, enigmatic man employed as a clerk in a legal office, Bartleby forces his employer to come to grips with the most basic questions of human responsibility, and haunts the latter's conscience, even after Bartleby's dismissal.

"Benito Cereno," considered one of Melville's best short stories, deals with a bloody slave revolt on a Spanish vessel. A splendid parable of man's struggle against the forces of evil, the carefully developed and mysteriously guarded plot builds to a dramatic climax while revealing the horror and depravity of which man is capable.

Reprinted here from standard texts in a finely made, yet inexpensive new edition, these stories offer the general reader and students of Melville and American literature sterling examples of a literary giant at his story-telling best.
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Edition Notes

USA

Series
Dover Thrift Editions
Genre
Fiction.
Other Titles
Bartleby, the Scrivener, Benito Cereno.
Copyright Date
1990

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.3
Library of Congress
PS2384 .B26 1990

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
vi, 104 p. ;
Number of pages
104

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL1876917M
Internet Archive
bartlebyandbenit00melvrich
ISBN 10
0486264734
ISBN 13
9780486264738
LC Control Number
90037098
OCLC/WorldCat
1083420388
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0486264734
Amazon.com
0486264734
Google
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Library Thing
45825
Goodreads
24694
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