Re: RARA-AVIS: Before 1920

From: Michael Robison (
Date: 18 Oct 2007

William Ahearn wrote:

Let's face it, not a lot measures up to Moby Dick. Out of curiosity, any chance you read Melville's The Confidence Man or Pierre Or The Ambiguities?

************ None of those, I'm sorry to say. I read Bartleby and Billy Budd. Billy Budd hit me as a mediocre play on the noble savage, and my reaction to Bartleby was, "So what? You can't save all the crazies." No reader empathy there at all on my part. Mario's later post is correct in identifying postmodern themes in Bartleby.


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