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I Would Prefer Not To Herman Melville

I Would Prefer Not To By Herman Melville

I Would Prefer Not To by Herman Melville


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In these stories of the surreal mundanity of office life and obscure tensions at sea, Melville's darkly modern sensibility plunges us into a world of irony and mystery, where nothing is as it first appears.

I Would Prefer Not To Summary

I Would Prefer Not To: Essential Stories by Herman Melville

In these stories of the surreal mundanity of office life and obscure tensions at sea, Melville's darkly modern sensibility plunges us into a world of irony and mystery, where nothing is as it first appears. A lawyer hires a new copyist, only to be met with stubborn, confounding resistance. A cynical lightning rod salesman plies his trade by exploiting fears in stormy weather. After boarding a beleaguered Spanish slave ship, an American trader's cheerful outlook is repeatedly shadowed by paralyzing unease.

I Would Prefer Not To Reviews

Melville instinctively aspired to the grandest scale, and even in his shorter works offers vast inklings and the resonance of cosmic concerns. -- John Updike

Melville seems to promise the very stuff of existence: time, space, air. We don't so much read him as inhale him. -- Geoffrey O'Brien, Village Voice

There are very few stories that, on re-reading after re-reading, seem to become impossibly more perfect, but Herman Melville's eerie, aching story 'Bartleby, the Scrivener' is one such. -- Stuart Kelly, Guardian

About Herman Melville

Herman Melville was born to a merchant family in New York City in 1819. His father died suddenly in 1832, and Melville took jobs as a bank clerk, a farmhand and a teacher to make ends meet. In 1839, he embarked on the first in a series of sea voyages that would provide him with inspiration for his novels Typee (1846), Omoo (1847) and his great masterpiece, Moby-Dick (1851). Following poor sales and hostile reviews, Melville abandoned fiction writing in 1857, turning to poetry and a career as a customs inspector on the New York docks. He died in relative obscurity in 1891.

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NGR9781782277460
9781782277460
1782277463
I Would Prefer Not To: Essential Stories by Herman Melville
New
Paperback
Pushkin Press
2021-09-30
256
N/A
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