"Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is a short story by the American writer Herman Melville, first serialized anonymously in two parts in the November and December 1853 issues of Putnam's Magazine and reprinted with minor textual alterations in his The Piazza Tales in 1856. In the story, a Wall Street lawyer hires a new clerk who, after an initial bout of hard work, refuses to make copies or do any other task required of him, refusing with the words "I would prefer not to."

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Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street
by Herman Melville
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)Short story
Published inPutnam's Magazine
Publication typePeriodical
Publication dateNovemberā€“December 1853
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Numerous critical essays have been published about the story, which scholar Robert Milder describes as "unquestionably the masterpiece of the short fiction" in the Melville canon.[1]