Herman Melville (1819–1891) found early success with stories inspired by his adventures in the South Seas. His fortunes declined with the 1851 publication of Moby-Dick, now recognized as a masterpiece but scorned by Melville’s contemporaries. The author was obliged to work as a New York City customs inspector and died in obscurity, three decades before the critical reassessment of his work.
Very disappointing. Bruce convinced me to read it, and it sucked. Who the hell can read Melville, anyway? Gimme a break. That whale coulda been pink.Published 8 months ago by doctorgus
Glad I read them. Lots of food for thought in Bartleby. Lots of drama and history in Benito Cereno. Read morePublished 11 months ago by D. Montano
I purchased this for a course, read it for the course, and will probably never read it again. But it is classic Melville so I was happy to cross it off my literary bucket list.Published 16 months ago by WWJAD
The story is recounted many years after Bartleby has died by the narrator, or may be by Melville himself.
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My rating isn't really an indication that this is a BAD book, but rather that it's really not my cup of tea. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Eric Pavlik
This dense, rich (albeit short!) text is terrific for use in the AP Literature classroom. It generates excellent discussion, and helps students gain an understanding of what kind... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Katherine I Schmitt
I think the Bartleby story is a classic. I've read it several times and every time, I come up with a different analysis. Benito Cereno is less known and rather surprising.Published 22 months ago by Jane Newhagen