Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Thomas P. Joswick

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of Bartleby the Scrivener, A Tale of Wall Street.
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Critical Essay by Thomas P. Joswick

SOURCE: "The 'Incurable Disorder' in 'Bartleby the Scrivener'," in Delta, England, Vol. 6, May, 1978, pp. 79-93.

In the essay below, Joswick compares thematic aspects of "Bartleby the Scrivener" to those of Melville's controversial novel Pierre.

"Pray leave me; who was ever cured by talk?"

Herman Melville, The Confidence-Man

"Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" was Melville's first publication following what the majority of contemporary reviewers considered his most disastrous and blasphemous novel. Because of that scathing critical condemnation of Pierre, which included suggestions of insanity about its author, many twentieth-century readers have tried to resolve the enigmas of "Bartleby" by finding in this remarkable story a bitter commentary on Melville's fate as a writer in America. Such readings usually seek...

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