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Bartleby The Scrivener and Other Stories: The Lightning-Rod Man, The Bell-Tower (Naxos Audio)

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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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Format: Audiobook
Studio: Naxos of America
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 4.75"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  CD
Publisher   Naxos of America
ISBN  9626344016  
ISBN13  9789626344019  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Herman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.

Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packedtidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.

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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.

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