Billy Budd Bartleby and Other Stories

In these stories, Melville cuts to the heart of race, class, capitalism, and globalism in America, deftly navigating political and social issues that resonate as clearly in our time as they did in Melville’s.

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Author: Herman Melville

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698191327

Category: Fiction

Page: 368

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A new, definitive edition of Herman Melville’s virtuosic short stories—American classics wrought with scorching fury, grim humor, and profound beauty Though best-known for his epic masterpiece Moby-Dick, Herman Melville also left a body of short stories arguably unmatched in American fiction. In the sorrowful tragedy of Billy Budd, Sailor; the controlled rage of Benito Cereno; and the tantalizing enigma of Bartleby, the Scrivener; Melville reveals himself as a singular storyteller of tremendous range and compelling power. In these stories, Melville cuts to the heart of race, class, capitalism, and globalism in America, deftly navigating political and social issues that resonate as clearly in our time as they did in Melville’s. Also including The Piazza Tales in full, this collection demonstrates why Melville stands not only among the greatest writers of the nineteenth century, but also as one of our greatest contemporaries. This Penguin Classics edition features the Reading Text of Billy Budd, Sailor, as edited from a genetic study of the manuscript by Harrison Hayford and Merton M. Sealts, Jr., and the authoritative Northwestern-Newberry text of The Piazza Tales. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Billy Budd Sailor and Other Stories

Completing this collection of great tales are the eerie "The Encantados," the beautiful, romantic "The Piazza," and Melville's chilling science fiction parable, "The Bell-Tower."

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Author: Herman Melville

Publisher: Bantam Classics

ISBN: 9780553902891

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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If Melville had never written Moby Dick, his place in world literature would be assured by his short tales. "Billy Budd, Sailor," his last work, is the masterpiece in which he delivers the final summation in his "quarrel with God." It is a brilliant study of the tragic clash between social authority and individual freedom, human justice and abstract good. Melville also explores this theme in "Bartelby the Scrivener," his famous story about a Wall Street law clerk who takes passive resistance to a comic—and ultimately disastrous—extreme; and in "Benito Cereno," his dazzling account of oppression and rebellion on a nineteenth-century slave ship. Completing this collection of great tales are the eerie "The Encantados," the beautiful, romantic "The Piazza," and Melville's chilling science fiction parable, "The Bell-Tower."

Billy Budd Sailor and Selected Tales

The selection in this volume represents the best of Melville's shorter fiction, and uses the most authoritative texts.

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Author: Herman Melville

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191504518

Category: Fiction

Page: 464

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`Truth uncompromisingly told will always have its ragged edges.' So wrote Melville of Billy Budd, Sailor, among the greatest of his works and, in its richness and ambiguity, among the most problematic. As the critic E. L. Grant Watson writes, `In this short history of the impressment and hanging of a handsome sailor-boy are to be discovered problems as profound as those which puzzle us in the pages of the Gospels.' Outwardly a compelling narrative of events aboard a British man-of-war during the turmoil of the Napoleonic Wars, Billy Budd, Sailor is a nautical recasting of the Fall, a parable of good and evil, a meditation on justice and political governance, and a searching portrait of three extraordinary men. The passion it has aroused in its readers over the years is a measure of how deeply it addresses some of the fundamental questions of experience that every age must reexamine for itself. The selection in this volume represents the best of Melville's shorter fiction, and uses the most authoritative texts. The eight shorter tales included here were composed during Melville's years as a magazine writer in the mid 1850's and establish him, along with Hawthorne and Poe, as the greatest American story writer of his age. Several of the tales - Bartleby the Scrivener, Benito Cereno, The Encantadas, The Paradise of Bachelors and the Tartarus of Maids - are acknowledged masterpieces of their genres. All show Melville a master of irony, point-of-view, and tone whose fables ripple out in nearly endless circles of meaning. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Bartleby and Benito Cereno

Two of the most admired of these—"Bartleby" and "Benito Cereno"—first appeared as magazine pieces and were then published in 1856 as part of a collection of short stories entitled The Piazza Tales.

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Author: Herman Melville

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 9780486110554

Category: Fiction

Page: 112

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DIVTwo classics in one volume: "Bartleby," a disturbing moral allegory set in 19th-century New York, and "Benito Cereno," a gripping sea adventure that probes the nature of man's depravity. /div

Short Novels

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Author: Herman Melville

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:123579469

Category: American fiction

Page: 203

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The Greatest Works of Herman Melville 27 Novels Short Stories With 140 Poems Essays

This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer and a poet.

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Author: Herman Melville

Publisher: e-artnow

ISBN: 9788027224432

Category: Fiction

Page: 5364

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This carefully edited collection has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. Herman Melville (1819-1891) was an American novelist, short story writer and a poet. His writing draws on his experience at sea as a common sailor, exploration of literature and philosophy, and engagement in the contradictions of American society in a period of rapid change. Novels: Typee Omoo Mardi Redburn White-Jacket Moby-Dick Pierre Israel Potter The Confidence-Man Billy Budd, Sailor Short Stories: The Piazza Bartleby, the Scrivener Benito Cereno The Lightning-Rod Man The Encantadas, or Enchanted Isles The Bell-Tower The Apple-Tree Table Jimmy Rose I and My Chimney The Paradise of Bachelors and The Tartarus of Maids Cock-a-Doodle-Doo! The Fiddler Poor Man's Pudding and Rich Man's Crumbs The Happy Failure The 'Gees The Two Temples Daniel Orme Poetry Collections: Clarel – A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land Battle-Pieces and Aspects of the War Timoleon and Other Ventures in Minor Verse Weeds and Wildings, With a Rose or Two John Marr and Other Sailors Bridgeroom Dick Tom Deadlight Jack Roy The Haglets The Aeolian Harp To the Master of the "Meteor" Far off Shore The Man-of-War Hawk The Figure-Head The Good Craft "Snow Bird" Old Counsel The Tuft of Kelp The Maldive Shark To Ned Crossing the Tropics The Berg The Enviable Isles Pebbles Poems from Mardi We Fish Invocation Dirge Marlena Pipe Song Song of Yoomy Gold The Land of Love Other Poems Essays: Fragments from a Writing Desk Etchings of a Whaling Cruise Authentic Anecdotes of "Old Zack" Mr. Parkman's Tour Cooper's New Novel A Thought on Book-Binding Hawthorne and His Mosses Criticism: Herman Melville by Virginia Woolf Herman Melville's Moby Dick by D.H. Lawrence Herman Melville's Typee and Omoo by D.H. Lawrence

Herman Melville s Billy Budd Benito Cereno Bartleby the Scrivener

Includes a brief biography of the author, thematic and structural analysis of the works, critical views, and an index of themes and ideas.

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Author: Harold Bloom

Publisher: Chelsea House Pub

ISBN: 0791041131

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 80

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Includes a brief biography of the author, thematic and structural analysis of the works, critical views, and an index of themes and ideas.

Billy Budd Foretopman

These three short works represents the last flowering of Herman Melville's genius.

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Author: Herman Melville

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:35284093

Category: Sea stories, American

Page: 275

View: 184

These three short works represents the last flowering of Herman Melville's genius. By the time "Bartleby the Scrivener" (1853) and "Benito Cereno" (1855) were published, Melville's career as a successful author was effectively over, even though he was still in his mid-thirties (Billy Budd, Foretopman, was not published until 1924, more than three decades after its author's death.) The exotic adventures that had launched Melville's fame had given way to what many readers of the day regarded as obscure philosophizing. Today we can see in the somber image of the poor scrivener who "would prefer not to" an existential figure foreshadowing the imagination of Kafka decades before that writer's birth. In the credulous Captain Delano's distorted vision of reality in "Benito Cereno," and the despair of Claggart as he looks upon the inarticulate purity of Billy Budd, today's readers confront the great philosophical and literary issues of our time -- of all time -- expressed with the profundity of feeling rarely equaled in the greatest works of the world's literature. - Back cover.