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Table of Contents, Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street  (237 annotations)

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Known today as perhaps the most important American author of the nineteenth century, Herman Melville died in 1891 with no idea he would ever enjoy such fame. He had achieved early literary success for his tales of adventure in the South Seas, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), published when he was in his... more

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Part I (80)
Part II (58)
Part III (26)
Part IV (41)
Part V (32)
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Publication Year: 1853
Summary: "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is a short story by Herman Melville. The story first appeared, anonymously, in Putnam's Magazine in two parts. The first part appeared in November 1853, with the conclusion published in December 1853. It was reprinted in Melville's The Piazza Tales in 1856 with minor textual alterations. The work is said to have been inspired, in part, by Melville's reading of Emerson, and some have pointed to specific parallels to Emerson's essay, "The Transcendentalist." The story has been adapted for film twice: once in 1970, starring Paul Scofield, and again in 2001, starring Crispin Glover.
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