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Bartleby the Scrivener

Herman Melville

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Book Basics

Author: Herman Melville

Year Published: 1853

Type: Short Story

Genre: Fiction

Perspective and Narrator:

Bartleby, the Scrivener is narrated by the title character's employer, whose first-person point of view allows the reader to appreciate the lawyer's perspective of his listless employee.


Bartleby, the Scrivener is told primarily in past tense.

About the Title:

Bartleby, the Scrivener refers to the title character, a scrivener or clerk who copies legal documents by hand at a Wall Street law firm. The subtitle, A Story of Wall-Street, references the literal and figurative walls that surround him.


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