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"Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam's Magazine, and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856. In the story, a Wall Street lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to make copy or do any other task required of him, with the words "I would prefer not to". The lawyer cannot bring himself to remove Bartleby from his premises and decides instead to move his office, but the new proprietor removes Bartleby to prison, where he perishes.

Public Domain (P)2018 Bassett Publishing

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I like this story very much...

... though I cannot really put my finger on why exactly. I will give it a try, but best find out for yourselves.

First of all, it is very nicely narrated by Ron Welch. The story of Bartleby told by his employer - a lawyer - is fairly straightforward and simple at first glance, but there is more to it below the surface and it is actually much more complex than that Bartleby is eventually "becoming less and less".

As mentioned above, I cannot say for sure why, but I like the story and maybe so will you :-)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.