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Bartleby and Benito Cereno

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ISBN-10: 0486264734

ISBN-13: 9780486264738

Edition: 1990

Authors: Herman Melville

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Two memorable and stirring works—first written as magazine pieces and later published in The Piazza Tales. "Bartleby," (also called "Bartleby the Scrivener") is a haunting moral allegory set in the business world of 19th-century New York. "Benito Cereno," a harrowing tale of slavery and revolt aboard a Spanish ship, is regarded by many as Melville’s finest short story.
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Book details

List price: $3.00
Copyright year: 1990
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/1/1990
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 112
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.198
Language: English

Melville was born into a seemingly secure, prosperous world, a descendant of prominent Dutch and English families long established in New York State. That security vanished when first, the family business failed, and then, two years later, in young Melville's thirteenth year, his father died. Without enough money to gain the formal education that professions required, Melville was thrown on his own resources and in 1841 sailed off on a whaling ship bound for the South Seas. His experiences at sea during the next four years were to form in part the basis of his best fiction. Melville's first two books, Typee (1846) and Omoo (1847), were partly romance and partly autobiographical travel books…    

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