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Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street (1853): Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Herman Melville's "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street"

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Reference Material

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about "Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street." These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • American Diversity, American Identity: The Lives and Works of 145 Writers Who Define the American Experience
  • The American Renaissance
  • American Writers [vol 3]
  • A Companion to Herman Melville
  • Critical Companion to Herman Melville: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction [vol 5]
  • The Critical Temper: A Survey of Modern Criticism on English and American Literature from the Beginnings to the Twentieth Century [vols 3, 4]
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 2]
  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series [vol 1]
  • Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism (NCLC) - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals
    • [vols 3, 12, 29, 49, 93, 123, 193] - check under "Bartleby, the Scrivener" in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
  • Notable American Novelists [vol 2]
  • Short Story Criticism [vols 1, 17, 46]
  • Short Stories for Students [vol 3]
  • Understanding Melville's Short Fiction: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

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  • Melville, Herman

You'll find library materials that provide biographical information about Herman Melville, as well criticism and interpretation of his work.

eBook Spotlight

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