Herman Melville

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Poor Man’s Pudding/Rich Man’s Crumbs

by Herman Melville in 1854

With a taste of actual poverty and a whiff of fake charity, Melville leaves us doubting whether our personal ethics have much improved.

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The Tartarus of Maids

by Herman Melville April 1855

Melville suggests that unless the modernizing, industrializing world retained its humanistic sensibilities, we’ll create our own Hells.

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The Paradise of Bachelors

by Herman Melville April 1855

Melville provides a more-or-less first-hand account of the almost excruciatingly lucious lives of London’s lawyerly elite.