Item description for Bartleby The Scrivener and Other Stories: The Lightning-Rod Man, The Bell-Tower (Naxos Audio) by Herman Melville & William Roberts...
Melville's "Bartleby" is a classic American short story, a strange tale of an assiduous copyist whose catch-phrase is 'I would prefer not to.' It is joined here by two other stores from "The Piazza Tales", Melville's idiosyncratic collection: "The Lightning Rod" and "The Bell Tower". A companion set to the highly-praised collection "Classic American Short Stories" read by William Roberts including "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce.
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Studio: Naxos of America
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 4.75" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Publisher Naxos of America
ISBN 9626344016 ISBN13 9789626344019
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More About Herman Melville & William Roberts
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.
Herman Melville lived in New York City, in the state of New York. Herman Melville was born in 1819 and died in 1891.
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Fine Renditions Jan 23, 2008
These are very high quality readings, well produced and recorded with a rich, interesting, and apt voice for Melville the social chronicler. Voice is everything in the droll story of Bartleby of course--because the enigmatic, silent clerk is really a mirror for the sensibility of the teller, his Wall Street boss. Melville is highlighted here in the best of his city stories, a mode he excelled in as much as his better known sea sagas.
The Lightning Rod Man and The Bell Tower, two minor pieces from Piazza Tales, are tossed in for balance to make an interesting set. Here you will meet even more obscure Melville masks--both somewhat exasperating--Melville the humorist & Melville the exotic. All of these stories come out of the period Melville was experimenting and playing with new modes, still gamely trying to make a living as a writer despite a dwindling audience post-white whale. Usually neglected, they are brought excitingly alive in all their patented Melvillian wierdness on this little gem of a CD.