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Bartleby, The Scrivener

RRP $13.99

"I would prefer not to."
--- Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener

"Ah, happiness courts the light so we deem the world is gay. But misery hides aloof so we deem that misery there is none."
--- Herman Melville, Bartleby, the Scrivener

"Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" (1853) is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December editions of Putnam's Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856. Numerous essays are published on what according to scholar Robert Milder "is unquestionably the masterpiece of the short fiction" in the Melville canon.

Reception

Though no great success at the time of publication, "Bartleby the Scrivener" is now among the most noted of American short stories. It has been considered a precursor of absurdist literature, touching on several of Franz Kafka's themes in such works as "A Hunger Artist" and The Trial. There is nothing to indicate that the Bohemian writer was at all acquainted with the work of Melville, who remained largely forgotten until some time after Kafka's death.

Albert Camus, in a personal letter to Liselotte Dieckmann published in The French Review in 1998, cites Melville as a key influence.


A Piece Of My Heart

RRP $14.99

Full Length, Drama

Characters: 1 male, 6 female

Unit set

This is a powerful, true drama of six women who went to Viet Nam five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays each young woman before, during, and after her tour in the war torn jungle and ends as each leaves a personal token at The Wall in Washington.

A Piece of My Heart premiered in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club, and now has enjoyed over 1000 productions here and abroad. It has recently been named "The most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation," by The Vietnam Vets Association.

"There have been a number of plays dealing with Viet Nam, but none with the direct, emotional impact of Ms. Lauro's work."-N.Y. Times

"Brought [the audience] to tears... and a standing ovation."-Variety

"A riveting, rending dramatic experience."-Louisville Courier Journal


Bartleby, The Scrivener

RRP $18.99

Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street is a short story by Herman Melville, published anonymously in 1853 in Putnam's Monthly Magazine. It was collected in his 1856 volume The Piazza Tales. Herman Melville wrote this story in 1853, two years after Moby Dick had been published and his writing career was beginning to lose its luster. Subtitled, "A Story of Wall Street," it is a seemingly simple story about a lawyer who hires a gentleman named Bartleby as a scrivener in his office. This was way back in the days before photocopy machines and scriveners performed the necessary tasks of tediously hand copying documents over and over. Bartleby was good at the copying part of his job, but when asked to proofread aloud one day he simply replied, "I prefer not to." From that moment forward, he used the phrase "I prefer not to" for every task requested of him, eventually "preferring not to" do any work whatsoever. The lawyer, who is astounded by Bartleby's attitude, tells the story in the first person. The story is rich in language and yet spare in actual action. The reader is forced to think, and think seriously about the choices we make daily. Bartleby chose to rebel and become an anti-hero. But the real protagonist of the story is the lawyer, who is drawn into Bartleby's power and grows to admire him. The conclusion is sad, but inevitable.


Let's Build A New Black Wall Street

RRP $16.99

A great coloring book by the groundbreaking author of "How to Build a New Black Wall Street."These Coloring Books for African American Children are unique, where they emphasize intuitive motivational scenes that develop the aspiration potential of each and every one of our children. Let's Build a New Black Wall Street, Coloring Book, was designed with bold images and captions, as an opportunity to create engagement between parent and child for a mutual understanding of the benefits in being a black business owner and black entreprenuer. All Black Children's Coloring Books feature 33+ single sided image scene pages.


A Journey To The Centre Of The Earth

RRP $15.99



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