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Glen asked me to review this book, something that I carefully considered, but after thinking about it for a few seconds, I would prefer not to.

—Bartleby

“Bartleby, the Scrivener, A Story of Wall Street,” is one of Herman Melville’s most famous short stories. Students will never forget the phrase “I would prefer not to,” after reading about a Wall Street attorney and his encounter with a young man who “would prefer not to.”

Content

  • Introduction (there has to be an introduction)
  • Pre-Flight (a little help before you read)
  • Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street  (unabridged and includes memes)
  • Discussion Questions (let’s think about the story)
  • Wrap Up (in depth explanation and discussion)
  • My Trip to the Andromeda Galaxy (Space travel to learn about Melville)
  • Melville Quotes (way better than mine, trust me)
  • Additional Reading (in case you want more)

Details

  • Grade Level: 7-12
  • Pages: 74
  • ISBN: 979-8842049844
  • Black and White
  • Dimensions: 5″ x 8″

In addition to Melville’s short story, this volume for students in grades 7-12 includes a “Pre-Flight”, a short introduction, a “Wrap-Up”, a more in depth explanation and discussion of the story, along with “My Trip to the Andromeda Galaxy,” where Mr. Draeger travels light years away to learn about Herman Melville. The lengths this man will go for good information is truly unprecedented. If you’ve never been to an alien planet, you will not want to miss this.

“The photo of me is quite stunning.” — Herman Melville

Also included are open-ended, Socratic type discussion questions to help students think more in depth about the story, some Melville quotes and a list of some of his other works. Wait, there’s more. There’s also a photo of Melville and half a dozen memes and faux posters. I know, I know, it’s probably way more than you were expecting but that’s just the kind of book this is.

“Reliving this story over and over is just a little too much for me. I’m not planning to read it.” — The Attorney 

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