Fiction. Classics. Introduction by Shaun Randol. A masterpiece of short fiction, Bartleby is as relevant today as it was when it was first published anonymously in 1853. Melville wrote the story during the Guilded Age, a time when inequality between the haves and have-nots stretched the fabric of society. Today, instead of Vanderbilt and Carnegie we have Bezos and Zuckerberg. Economic injustice has sparked protests worldwide and capitalism seems tenuous. Bartleby, the first occupier of Wall Street, is a frustrated man of our times.
Herman Melville, born in 1819, was a novelist, poet, and short story writer. His novel Moby-Dick is considered one of the greatest American novels.
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