Bartleby the Scrivener

by Herman Melville
Category: "Fiction - General"
Year of Publication:1853
Date Added:09/17/2008
Date Read:01/15/2015
Notes:A lawyer in need of a new clerk hired one Bartleby, a quiet young man. At first, Bartleby does the copying required of his position, but refuses to do any other work of any sort, saying only, "I prefer not to." The lawyer is surprised, but out of kindness allows Bartleby to continue working. He discovers, in time, the Bartleby is living in the office and never leaves. He also refuses to do any work of any kind. He is fired, but still remains. The lawyer, perplexed, moves his entire office. The next tenant finally calls the police who remove Bartleby to prison where he soon dies.
My Rating: 6

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Review - Bartleby the Scrivener

As interesting as a story can be about a man who does nothing. I'm sure it's supposed to be symbolic of something or other. A quick look at the Internet reveals that nobody knows for sure. Perhaps a study of individuality run amok.
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