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Melville's Short Novels (Norton Critical Editions)



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This Norton Critical Edition presents three of Melville's most important short novels -- Bartleby, The Scrivener; Benito Cereno; and Billy Budd. The texts are accompanied by ample explanatory annotation. As his writing reflects, Melville was extraordinarily well read. "Contexts" offers selections from works that influenced Melville's writing of these three short novles, including, among others, Ralph Waldo Emerson's "The Transcendentalist" and Amasa Delano's Narrative of Voyages and Travels. Johannes Dietrich Bergmann, H. Bruce Franklin, and Robert M. Cover provide overviews of Melville's probable sources. An unusually rich "Criticism" section includes twenty-eight wide-ranging pieces that often contradict one another and that are sure to promote classroom discussion. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Texts of Melville's Short Novels
Bartleby, The Scrivenerp. 3
Benito Cerenop. 34
Billy Budd, Sailorp. 103
Bartleby, the Scrivenerp. 173
"Bartleby" and "The Lawyer's Story"p. 173
Bartleby: The Ascetic's Adventp. 176
The Transcendentalistp. 185
Benito Cerenop. 199
A Narrative of Voyages and Travels, Chapter XVIIIp. 199
[On Cannibals]p. 229
Billy Buddp. 231
[Hawthorne and Melville in Liverpool]p. 231
From Justice Accusedp. 232
Bartleby, the Scrivenerp. 239
Melville's Parable of the Wallsp. 239
From Bartleby in Manhattanp. 257
The Reliable Narratorp. 266
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