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MELVILLE HOUSE + BROOKLYN ROASTING COMPANY = AWESOME BOOK GROUP
Dec 17, 2015 @ 6:00 pm| Free
ABOUT THE EVENT:
Melville House Publishing and Brooklyn Roasting Company were talking the other day, as small companies do, and just before coming to blows, they realized something obvious, anew. Books and coffee are so great, they agreed. Totally great. Especially so when taken together.
Books. And coffee — together, you say? Dang.
Thusly, in jubilation, a book group was born.
Join us for a monthly discussion of a Melville House book over some fine, fine free BRC coffee. This month? BARTLEBY THE SCRIVENER, by Herman Melville.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Academics hail it as the beginning of modernism, but to readers around the world—even those daunted by Moby-Dick—Bartleby the Scrivener is simply one of the most absorbing and moving novellas ever. Set in the mid-19th century on New York City’s Wall Street, it was also, perhaps, Herman Melville’s most prescient story: what if a young man caught up in the rat race of commerce finally just said, “I would prefer not to”?
The tale is one of the final works of fiction published by Melville before, slipping into despair over the continuing critical dismissal of his work after Moby-Dick, he abandoned publishing fiction. The work is presented here exactly as it was originally published in Putnam’s magazine—to, sadly, critical disdain.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
HERMAN MELVILLE was born in New York City in 1819. At eighteen he set sail on a whaler, and upon his return, wrote a series of bestselling adventure novels based on his travels, including Typee and Omoo, which made him famous. Starting with Moby-Dick in 1851, however, his increasingly complex and challenging work drew more and more negative criticism, until 1857 when, after his collection Piazza Tales (which included Bartleby the Scrivener), and the novel The Confidence Man, Melville stopped publishing fiction. He drifted into obscurity, writing poetry and working for the Customs House in New York City, until his death in 1891.