• Title: Great Short Works of Herman Melville
  • Author: Herman Melville Warner Berthoff
  • ISBN: 9780060586546
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Paperback
  • Great Short Works of Herman Melville Billy Budd Sailor and Bartleby the Scrivener are two of the most revered shorter works of fiction in history Here they are collected along with other stories in a beautifully redesigned collecti
    Billy Budd, Sailor and Bartleby, the Scrivener are two of the most revered shorter works of fiction in history Here, they are collected along with 19 other stories in a beautifully redesigned collection that represents the best short work of an American master.As Warner Berthoff writes in his introduction to this volume, It is hard to think of a major novelist or storyteBilly Budd, Sailor and Bartleby, the Scrivener are two of the most revered shorter works of fiction in history Here, they are collected along with 19 other stories in a beautifully redesigned collection that represents the best short work of an American master.As Warner Berthoff writes in his introduction to this volume, It is hard to think of a major novelist or storyteller who is not also a first rate entertainer a master, according to choice, of high comedy, of one or another robust species of expressive humour, or of some special variety of the preposterous, the grotesque, the absurd And Melville, certainly, is no exception A kind of vigorous supervisory humour is his natural idiom as a writer, and one particular attraction of his shorter work is the fresh further display it offers of this prime element in his literary character The town ho s story Bartleby, the scrivener a story of Wall Street Cock a doodle doo or, The crowing of the noble cock Beneventano The encantadas or Enchanted Isles The two temples Poor man s pudding and rich man s crumbs The happy failure a story of the river Hudson The lightning rod man The fiddler The paradise of bachelors and the tartarus of maids The bell tower Benito Cereno Jimmy Rose I and my chimney The Gees The apple tree table, or Original spiritual manifestations The piazza The Marquis de Grandvin Three Jack Gentian sketches John Marr Daniel Orme Billy Budd, sailor.

    One Reply to “Great Short Works of Herman Melville”

    1. Probably the greatest writer since Shakespeare. Well, maybe thats a stretch. He's certainly top 10 material. If you liked Moby-Dick but were frustrated by its unnecessary bloat, give this one a go.

    2. In the spring of 1853 after the failure of his novel Pierre: Or the Ambiguities and the rejection of his most recent manuscript, The Isle of the Cross (now lost), Herman Melville submitted three stories to Harper's. This was the beginning of period that would see the publication of such great stories as "Bartley, the Scrivener", "Benito Cereno", "The Piazza", and others. It would culminate with his great unfinished novella, Billy Budd, Sailor. All of Melville's tales including Billy Budd are inc [...]

    3. I first read these stories when I was in my early 20's. And as Mark Twain said Melville is not only smarter now than he was then, he is also a better writer than he was back then. Seriously, these stories contain the undeniable masterworks like Benito Cereno, Bartleby and Bill Budd, which academics have all but exploited to dead, yet are still fresh and readable.But also all the rest of the stories that Melville wrote for the many magazines of his day --most notably Putnam's magazine, put out by [...]

    4. Listening to Benjamin Britten's opera Billy Budd not long ago, I realized how long it has been since I read Melville's story, so that's what inspired me to bring out this volume.There are really only four "great" stories in the book: * "Bartleby, the Scrivener," that astonishing imaginative bridge between Charles Dickens and Franz Kafka.* "The Encantadas," an imaginative travelogue to the Galápagos, seen not as Darwin's laboratory of natural selection nor as the ecotourist's endangered paradise [...]

    5. Herman Melville is an incredible author. His writing is dense, so much so that the traditional Picture-Words exchange rate cannot apply to his novels. His prose positions itself so as to increase the resolution of all images it evokes; his thousand words portray but a corner of an intricate, focused picture. Within each short story he, like an artist well versed in the trade, paints such a believable slice of the 19th century that his readers must engage.Of all these short works, my favorite by [...]

    6. "Bartleby, the Scrivener" and "Benito Cereno" are nice tales, but my very most favorite Melville piece is far and away "I and My Chimney." After reading it I managed to find a few pictures posted on line of the home where Melville was living and of which he was writing in "I and My Chimney." I have started Moby Dick several times and I know I should love it, but to be honest I don't think I have ever managed--even in preparation for a test while in college--to reach the final page. Give me "I an [...]

    7. Lo único que se me ocurre decir es mediocre. Un libro que no voy a recordar ni voy a extrañar. Quizas lo mencionare como aquellos libros que se deben evitar leer.De frases ampulosas en exceso, extraordinariamente rebuscadas, con monólogos azucarados hasta la diabetes, creo que esta colección de cuentos es apenas interesante.La temática de las historias pudo haber sido explotada de mejor manera (la historia del gallo o la del viejo y huraño marinero) tienen un gran potencial; pero el estilo [...]

    8. The stories looming largest on the cover will matter the most to most of you. Melville's other miscellanea draw a hard line between his short-form mastery and Hawthorne's. Practically any Hawthorne story is worth reading, but I can't say the same for entries like "The Two Temples". "The Encantadas" is a little too reminiscent of his earlier novels for me to enjoy, more like a travelogue (one with disquieting tortoise-flipping action) than great literature. "Benito Cereno" seems a little bloated, [...]

    9. This can be broken into 4 smaller books1. Great Short Works of Herman Melville: Bartleby and Billy Budd, both marvelous and full of the inscrutability of what it is to be human and among the greatest stories in the language.2. Pretty Good Short Works of Herman Melville: The Town-Ho's Story, Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, and The Encantadas.3. OK Short Works of Herman Melville: Piles of decent, but slight work.which leaves,4. Terrible Short Works of Herman Melville: I and My Chimney, The 'Gees, and The Bell- [...]

    10. For the most part, these works are not like Moby Dick -- less enormous, less ambitious, and less overwhelming. But this focused, more cozy aspect suits many of these stories exceedingly well and gives Melville's prose many new avenues to flourish. Several of the stories were rather unapologetically didactic (not that anyone could fail to notice from the title "Poor Man's Pudding, Rich Man's Crumbs"), and an isolated few were clumsy, but there are greats here, and some of them are incredibly funn [...]

    11. Some stories in this collection were seriously entertaining, and several provided a great look at life in the times of Melville, in the places he lived and visited (the Galapogos, England and the colonies).On the other hand, many stories open with criticism of the story, and claims of disbelief that it had managed to be printed in its day. These stories manage to be a slower read than Moby Dick itself, and have no place in a collection named the greatest of Melville.

    12. I dunno. The jacket described it as "perfection." I used to live on S Melville St, so I read Moby Dick. Melville does have a way with words and an eye for detail, but it's just sensationalist when it comes down to it.

    13. A former co-worker of mine thought Billy Budd was the greatest short story ever written, though for my money, Billy Budd might as well be Ulysses. I've been reading it since August and still have not gotten all the way through yet.O Kinch, the knifeblade

    14. Loved this one. I never realized that Melville was such an accomplished satirist and humorist. My favorite selections were "Cock-A-Doodle-Doo!," "Benito Cereno," and "I and My Chimney."

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