Bartleby the Scrivener, A Story of Wall Street.

Read by Bob Tassinari

(4.6 stars; 97 reviews)

"Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is a short story by Herman Melville. The story first appeared, anonymously, in Putnam's Magazine in two parts. The first part appeared in November 1853, with the conclusion published in December 1853. It was reprinted in Melville's The Piazza Tales in 1856 with minor textual alterations. The work is said to have been inspired, in part, by Melville's reading of Emerson, and some have pointed to specific parallels to Emerson's essay, "The Transcendentalist." The story has been adapted twice: once in 1970, starring Paul Scofield, and again in 2001, starring Crispin Glover.

(1 hr 30 min)


Chapter 1 22:37 Read by Bob Tassinari
Chapter 2 18:16 Read by Bob Tassinari
Chapter 3 24:36 Read by Bob Tassinari
Chapter 4 24:36 Read by Bob Tassinari


This was very well read. The reader was clear-voiced and had a calm tone that fit the voice of the story's narrator IMO.

(5 stars)

Thanks John Green

(3.5 stars)

Found this through an obscure reference on crash course history.

Brilliant Story & Reading

(5 stars)

Perfect introduction to the great mind of Melville. Much appreciated!

By the title is thought this would be dull, it was anything but!

(5 stars)


(2.5 stars)

Delving into the character of one eccentric man

(5 stars)

very good short story and social concept

Great story

(5 stars)

Thank you, Mr. Tassinari.

(5 stars)

An odd tale of Wall Street from the author of south seas tales like Moby Dick and Types. Like a modern day Cowan Brothers film it leaves you wondering. The kind reader has a somewhat flat affect but it is a good match for such a story. Many thanks!