Bartleby the Scrivener (Book Acquired, 9.25.2012)



The good people at Melville House sent me their edition of Melville’s classic novella Bartleby the Scrivener. I’ve read it at least half a dozen times since the 10th grade, but the Melville House version is part of their Hybrid Books series, which features digital illuminations. I shall report in full in a week or two, focusing on what the illuminations add to the book, and what the reading experience is like.


4 thoughts on “Bartleby the Scrivener (Book Acquired, 9.25.2012)”

  1. Digital illuminations? The only book I have from the Art of the Novella series is Gilbert Adair’s The Death of the Author, and it’s just boring ol’ black text on white paper. Still liked it, though. Had a Nabokovian-murder-mystery-pastiche thing going on. (No idea if Nabokovian Murder-Mystery Pastiche is a subgenre you find appealing.)


  2. The illuminations are online articles that pertain to the book. I didn’t find the ones for Bartleby that interesting from what I recall but the book itself is amazing. Love Melville.


  3. Emerson and Thoreau couldn’t have ever imagined the dark psychological effects of civil disobedience taken to this absurdist extreme. They were poser American Romantics compared to Melville, Poe and Hawthorne…who were fearless when it came to taking things to their illogical logical extension–into the unbearable cloud of unknowing. There has to be a REASON he preferred not to. Or not. Muahahaha!


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