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Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville

Bartleby, the Scrivener

A Story of Wall Street

by Herman Melville

Title Details

Audio Original
Running Time
1 Hr. 50 Min.
User Rating
  4.0  Stars Based on 2 ratings


This is a short story about a lawyer with offices on Wall Street in New York City. He runs an advertisement for a scrivener, or professional copyist, for his office and Bartleby responds to his advertisement and comes to work for the lawyer. At first Bartleby appears to be a competent worker, but later he refuses to work when requested, repeatedly uttering the phrase "I would prefer not to." As Bartleby’s behavior escalates, the lawyer is confronted with how he will handle and respond to this bizarre behavior.

In 2001, the story was adapted into a movie titled “Bartleby”.

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Helpful to read along, lots of mispronunciations, though
Reviewer ChefW
 October 16, 2009
This is helpful to make the reading of this novella easier, and I listened beginning to end, but the constant mispronunciations undermine the quality immensely. I am a doctoral student and wouldn't be able to use this as a teaching tool because many of the important words are pronounced very incorrectly. Among the errors:
pernicious (narrator pronounced "pernickious")
corps (narrator pronounced "corpse")
grimy (narrator pronounced "grimmy")
ignominiously ("ignominously")
mulish ("mullish")
friendlessness ("friendliness")
perverseness ("perversiveness")

A number of words were left out altogether. Still, a bold and impressive effort!

Good reading, odd mispronounciations
Reviewer emargerum
 November 03, 2006
Scott gives a very good reading of this odd and intriguing story about Bartleby from the point of view of a baffled but well-meaning employer. Unfortunately there are many mispronunciations throughout the reading like saying "grimmy" instead of "grimy."

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