The Piazza Tales by Herman Melville Fiction Classics Literary Included in this Herman Melville collection are six tales that range considerably from The Encantadas an allegorical travelogue to the haunting Bartleby the Scrivener Opening the volume is The Piazza

  • Title: The Piazza Tales by Herman Melville, Fiction, Classics, Literary
  • Author: Herman Melville
  • ISBN: 9781603120265
  • Page: 107
  • Format: Paperback
  • Included in this Herman Melville collection are six tales that range considerably from The Encantadas an allegorical travelogue to the haunting Bartleby, the Scrivener Opening the volume is The Piazza, a pastoral sketch that frames the collection Benito Cereno a subversive satire of grows out of a true story of mutiny among the enslaved .1 The PiaIncluded in this Herman Melville collection are six tales that range considerably from The Encantadas an allegorical travelogue to the haunting Bartleby, the Scrivener Opening the volume is The Piazza, a pastoral sketch that frames the collection Benito Cereno a subversive satire of grows out of a true story of mutiny among the enslaved .1 The Piazza 2 Bartleby the Scrivener first published in Putnam s November and December 1853 3 Benito Cereno first published in Putnam s October, November and December 1855 4 The Lightning Rod Man first published in Putnam s August 1854 5 The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles first published in Putnam s March, April, and May 1854 6 The Bell Tower first published in Putnam s August 1855

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    1. Herman Melville

      Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby Dick largely considered a failure during his lifetime, and most responsible for Melville s fall from favor with the reading public was rediscovered in the 20th century as one of the chief literary masterpieces of both American and world literature.

    100 thoughts on “The Piazza Tales by Herman Melville, Fiction, Classics, Literary”

    1. LA TERRA DELLE FATEIl racconto che fornisce il titolo alla raccolta (1856, credo l’unica scritta da Melville) è quello che fu scritto per ultimo e che non uscì prima su rivista.Sono sei in tutto: uno si chiama “Bartleby lo scrivano”, un altro “Benito Cereno, un terzo “Le Encantadas”… E con questo credo sia chiaro che si tratta di un insieme di gemme importanti, tra le quali il breve racconto del titolo non sfigura affatto.Solo di questo voglio parlare qui, perché gli altri menzi [...]


    2. A star and a half. My first acquaintance with Melville was a dramatised version of Bartleby the Scrivener shown on PBS back in the late 60s or early 70s. It was wonderfully well done and intrigued me.Fast forward twenty-something years and I found myself forced (the operative word) to read Moby-Dick or, The Whale to help the students I tutor. I've so far read it twice, and it does not grow on me. Faugh. It was a huge FLOP when it came out, and if it hadn't been for Alexander Woolcott, it would h [...]


    3. I gave this book a 4 because of "Bartleby The Scrivner", which happens to be one of my favourite stories. If the story wasn't in the book I would have given it no stars. Many of the stories were disjointed and I found myself thinking about other things while reading.



    4. I have been studiously avoiding Melville's Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, which is on the 1001 list. The members of the group reading that list here on have a sort of love/hate reaction to it; one of the things most often mentioned against it is the writing style. I decided I could preview that style by reading some of the author's shorter fiction. The title story is the one I liked best. The language and style are poetic, and the story lends itself quite well in that direction. Bartleby, The Scrive [...]


    5. it's sort of like everything wonderful about Melville condensed. no, it's not as haunting as moby dick - how could it be - but in many ways it is sharper and wiser - definitely written by someone who is no longer motivated by the ambition for success, but is more pensive and honest about his situation, which frees him to write stories like 'bartleby' and 'Benito cereno,' which are beautifully composed but never didactic; in fact, they strike me, at least, as earnest inquiries rather than issues [...]


    6. Ecantadas parodies Biblical cadence, travel articles, naturalistic reportage, Dante, and Spenser; in a mix that is comic and bizarre, Melville’s Inferno. Other highlights of this underrated collection are the dark Faustian bargain/Frankenstein/Tower of Babel styled, science and hubris, parable of the “Bell Tower”, grotesque comedy and allegory of the exploitation of fear for commerce in “Lightning Rod Man”, brutal farce of “Benito Cereno”, and that masterpiece of narrative genius a [...]


    7. This works contains some of Melville’s best known shorter works, consisting of six short stories: “The Piazza,” “Bartleby,” “Benito Cereno,” “The Lightning-Rod Man,” “The Encantadas” and “The Bell-Tower,” and a brief biographical sketch that contributes to one’s reading of the texts. While the sea is the natural setting for many of Melville’s best known works, only two of these stories take place on the waters – “The Encantadas” and “Benito Cereno.” I ofte [...]


    8. bartleby"i would prefer not to" read this one, of the 6 tales w/i the piazza tales, in high school. could be i read them all, just don't recall, but bartleby made an impression. "i would prefer not to." HA HA HA HA! ginger nut, "he's a little lunyl those dead letters.n "the lightening-rod man" last nightd finished just nowah, "the lightening-rod man still dwells in the land."onward and upward.enchanted islands, whatever, starts out w/this spooky strange description of the galapagos, i guess. str [...]


    9. Depending on which biography you read, Melville was either so bitter over the failures of MOBY DICK and PIERRE that he started writing extended allegories on the lameness of the literary marketplace OR he was just plain old batshit bonkers. Either way, it's hard to read these stories without projecting the myth of the tormented Romantic artist onto them. That's too bad, because the biographical angle gets in the way of some truly fantastic writing. There is "Bartleby," of course, and "Benito Cer [...]


    10. d with this ended my No-Fun Reading November.Melville is truly a master in description. I think he loved that descriptive style so much, I feel like these short stories consisted of 85% description. He could describe sea and I would feel the seasickness. In fact, mostly I feel only seasickness. Considering currently I am far away from any large body of water, I would say that is something.No doubt this is an artful collection of short story (I am particularly intrigued by 'Bartleby the Scrivener [...]


    11. This is a collection of 6 shorter pieces, not a novel, published in 1856. As a whole I far prefer them to Moby Dick or Billy Budd. I don't care for "The Piazza" (although it does boast the rarity of a female character in Melville) or "The Encantadas or Enchanted Isles" (10 sketches about the Galapagos Islands that are far more "tell" than "show.") "The Lightening-Rod Man" about a pushy door-to-door salesman is mildly amusing and "The Bell-Tower" is a rather traditional story reminiscent of Poe o [...]


    12. This book gets four stars overall, but only because of the great "Bartleby the Scrivener" and the very good "Benito Cereno", both of which I had already read. The rest of the stories are a mixed bag: the title story has an interesting premise but little payoff; "The Encantadas" is a weird mix of poetry, travelogue and fiction (I would have rather read an extended story just about Hunilla, the stranded widow of Norfolk Isle); "The Bell-Tower" is an intriguing mystery that Melville ruins by over-e [...]




    13. Oddly, Melville's uncollected short stories (see my review of Apple Tree Table) are better than his collected short stories. Let's get the five not-so-famous ones out of the way first.The Piazza: Oppressively overwritten. This is what happens when scenery description gets so thick that it chokes you to death.Benito Cereno: Very interesting tale about a brave Spanish captain and a slave rebellion. But it's definitely twice as long as it needed to be.The Encantadas: Assorted detritus about the Gal [...]


    14. I've already reviewed Bartleby and Benito Cereno, so this is really just a cover of the remaining stories. The Piazza is a foray into the mythical. The Lighting-Rod Man is probably one of the better works in the collection. Its Melville's attempt at Dickensian comedy, and it is successful. The sketches about the Galapagos islands are probably the finest literature in Piazza Tales, and the most reminiscent of what most readers consider to be Melville's typical literary temperament. The Bell-Tower [...]


    15. I thought it would be good to read more Melville, so I read this. It's pretty much what you want; "Bartleby" and "Benito Cereno" live up to the hype, and "The Lightning-Rod Man" is surprisingly bizarre and delightful, and "The Bell Tower" is surprisingly vaguely gothic-horror-y. Melville is just full of surprises.


    16. Le Galápagos diventano, per l'autore, una sorta di paesaggio dell'anima, un luogo desolato in cui, ad esempio, le tartarughe giganti gli ricordano dei condannati a una lunga pena detentiva che soffrono interminabilmente. La scrittura di Melville è sempre un piacere da leggere ma qui ho trovato una cupezza che non mi aspettavo.


    17. My rating is for the shorter stories Piazza, Lightning-Rod Man & Bell-Tower.I have previously rated Bartleby, Benito and the Encantadas.


    18. These stories are so amazing! I think "Benito Cereno" particularly stands out as a well-written, thought-provoking, and epistemologically-centric story.



    19. I closed out the year with this collection of six stories, two of which I had read a while back (“Bartleby” and “Benito Cereno”) but was delighted to revisit. The stories range in theme and subject, from the haunting psychodrama of “Bartleby” to the allegorical travelogue of “The Encantadas.” We see Melville step out of comfortable sea territory in four of these tales, so right away it’s fun to anticipate a different side to this brilliant writer. While well-received and widely [...]


    20. This collection of tales covers a remarkable range of storytelling styles and differing approaches to what a "short story"can be and do. Most remarkable is that, since the writer is Melville, it isn't remarkable at all. To my mind, he was and is, the greatest stylist in the English language.The title story takes the narrator on a trek from his isolated Central American home to a still more isolated house seen in the distance were he meets – but the less said the better. It's a memorable, unlik [...]


    21. Having already read Bartleby the Scrivener and Benito Cereno, I decided I might as well read the remaining four short stories of The Piazza Tales. With the exception of The Bell-Tower, I really needn't have bothered. The Piazza is so long-winded and written with such flourishing language (sentences longer than a page with roughly 50 commas in them) that it is difficult to separate the highfalutin prose from the story's substance. The Lightning-Rod Man doesn't seem to have much substance at all, [...]


    22. Six pieces from Melville that aren't really related to each other - one meandering introduction from his "piazza", an existential pre-Kafka tale, a disturbing sea story, a traveling salesman spoof, a collection of vignettes from the Galapagos and a pre-Frankenstein monster story.Everybody has read or heard of "Bartleby, The Scrivener", so I would prefer not to spend time on that. (What, do I hear some groaning in the audience? I would prefer not to notice.)"Benito Cereno" was the real surprise. [...]


    23. Rating a collection like this can be strange. Let's go piece by piece:-Benito Cereno and Bartleby I've reviewed elsewhere on , and they're both brilliant. 5 stars for the book just based on these.-The Piazza: Oddly angled weird tale. You can almost see some of the roots of Arthur Machen, maybe. Whatever the case, it works. 4 stars.-The Lightning-Rod Man: I just love this story. Funny and strange, and with quite the sting in its tail. 5 stars.-The Encantadas (Enchanted Isles): Mileage varies on t [...]


    24. This collection of Melville's short stories contains two of my all-time favorite stories/novellas, "Bartleby, the Scrivener" and "Benito Cereno," alongside four other, more forgettable sketches. "Bartleby" is an opaque, yet prescient tale of extreme office-space ennui that seems more Kafka than Moby Dick. "Benito" is a mysterious tale of revolt, slavery, and coercion on the high seas that raises intriguing moral questions.The other fare in the collection is serviceable, but not anything that wil [...]


    25. I went back to reread this collection, and it impressed me. It famously includes "Bartleby the Scrivener" and "Benito Cereno," but I really found myself captivated by "The Encantadas." There Melville tapped into the richly ambivalent symbolism that makes Moby-Dick so great, and he once again summoned the fine prose that seems rather uneven in his overall body of work. "The Encantadas" possesses what we now think of as postmodern qualities in that it blends and deconstructs genres while experimen [...]


    26. Eerie and flush with color and texture. It is easy and dangerous to view the far away as magical and ideal. And isn't it odd and a bit humbling when you discover that the ones in that far away place think you are equally magical and ideal? Perception!This story is ripe for interpretation!"How to get to fairy-land, by what road, I did not know; nor could any one inform me; not even one Edmund Spenser, who had been there--so he wrote me--further than that to reach fairy-land, it must be voyaged to [...]


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