Herman Melville Articles See More Herman Melville Jan 1st, 1854 Poor Man's Pudding/Rich Man's Crumbs With a taste of actual poverty and a whiff of fake charity, Melville leaves us doubting whether our personal ethics have much improved. Herman Melville Apr 1st, 1855 The Tartarus of Maids Melville suggests that unless the modernizing, industrializing world retained its humanistic sensibilities, we’ll create our own Hells. Herman Melville Apr 1st, 1855 The Paradise of Bachelors Melville provides a more‐or‐less first‐hand account of the almost excruciatingly lucious lives of London’s lawyerly elite. Herman Melville Jan 1st, 1855 Jimmy Rose: Failure & Sympathy A failure at business and a failure at life, Jimmy Rose was a lot like the rest of his generation–drowning in change. Herman Melville Mar 1st, 1856 The Lightning Rod Man Melville’s short story echoes his generation of artists’ widespread fears for America’s future. Without sufficient individual virtue, could polite society survive? Herman Melville Feb 1st, 1856 The Encantadas: Reflections on Absolute Liberty & Absolute Power In our final portion from Melville’s “Encantada Sketches,” we examine examples of perfect liberty on Barrington Isle and total tyranny under the Dog King. Herman Melville Feb 1st, 1856 The Encantadas: Two Sides to a Tortoise In his literary sketches of the Galapagos Islands, Melville sees a lens through which individuals can fully explore existence, power, liberty, and responsibility. Herman Melville Feb 1st, 1856 Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street, Part 3 In our final portion from “Bartleby,” we probe Melville’s relationship to Young America and Bartleby’s relationship to our modern world. Herman Melville Feb 1st, 1856 Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street, Part 2 In our second portion of “Bartleby,” we ask why exactly his simple expression of preference remains so troubling and meaningful to the present day. Herman Melville Feb 1st, 1856 Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street, Part 1 In which a perfectly normal law firm is unexpectedly disrupted by one of modernity’s strangest byproducts: a copyist named Bartleby.