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Benito Cereno (Art of the Novella)

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The Art of The Novella

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. The Art of the Novella collection celebrates this renegade art form and it’s most illustrious practitioners with 42 of the most famous novellas ever published. 

 

“Elegant-looking paperback editions…a good read in a small package.”

—The Wall Street Journal

 

The Art of the Novella collection includes one each of the following titles:

 

A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert

A Sleep and a Forgetting by William Dean Howells

Adolphe by Benjamin Constant

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

The Beach at Falesa by Robert Lewis Stevenson

Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett

The Coxon Fund by Henry James

The Dead by James Joyce

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

The Devil by Leo Tolstoy

The Dialogues of the Dogs by Miguel de Cervantes

The Eternal Husband by Fyodor Dostoevsky

First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad

The Girl with the Golden Eyes by Honore de Balzac

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Horla by Guy de Maupassant

How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogal

Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

The Lemoine Affair by Marcel Proust

The Lesson of the Master by Henry James

The Lifted Veil by George Eliot

The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain

The Man Who Would be King by Rudyard Kipling

Mathilda by Mary Shelley

May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Michael Kohlass by Heinrich Von Kleist

My Life by Anton Chekhov

The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl by Italo Svevo

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson

Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance by Sholem Aleichem

Tales of Belkin by Alexander Pushkin

The Touchstone by Edith Warton

The Duel by Giacomo Casanova

The Duel by Joseph Conrad

The Duel by Anton Chekhov

The Duel by Heinrich Von Kleist

The Duel by Aleksandr Kuprin

 

“I wanted them all, even those I’d already read.”

Ron Rosenbaum

Synopsis:

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Synopsis:

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In The Art of the Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

With its intense mix of mystery, adventure, and a surprise ending, Benito Cereno at first seems merely a provocative example from the genre Herman Melville created with his early best-selling novels of the sea. However, most Melville scholars consider it his most sophisticated work, and many, such as novelist Ralph Ellison, have hailed it as the most piercing look at slavery in all of American literature.

Based on a real life incident--the character names remain unchanged--Benito Cereno tells what happens when an American merchant ship comes upon a mysterious Spanish ship where the nearly all-black crew and their white captain are starving and yet hostile to offers of help. Melville's most focused political work, it is rife with allusions (a ship named after Santo Domingo, site of the slave revolt led by Toussaint L'Ouverture), analogies (does the good-hearted yet obtuse American captain refer to the American character itself?), and mirroring images that deepen our reflections on human oppression and its resultant depravities.

It is, in short, a multi-layered masterpiece that rewards repeated readings, and deepens our appreciation of Melville's genius.

About the Author

Herman Melville was born in New York City in 1819. At 18 he set sail on a whaler, and upon his return, wrote a series of bestselling adventure novels based on his travels, including Typee and Omoo, which made him famous. Starting with Moby Dick in 1851, however, his increasingly complex and challenging work drew more and more negative criticism, until 1857 when, after his collection Piazza Tales (which included "Bartleby the Scrivener"), and the novel The Confidence Man, Melville stopped publishing fiction. He drifted into obscurity, writing poetry and working for the Customs House in New York City, until his death in 1891.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933633053
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Subject:
Classics
Author:
Melville, Herman
Author:
Various
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Slave-trade
Subject:
Sea stories, American
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Art of the Novella
Publication Date:
20080631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7 x 5 x 0.4 in 0.3294 lb

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z
Fiction and Poetry » Popular Fiction » Nautical Fiction

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"Synopsis" by , Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In The Art of the Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

With its intense mix of mystery, adventure, and a surprise ending, Benito Cereno at first seems merely a provocative example from the genre Herman Melville created with his early best-selling novels of the sea. However, most Melville scholars consider it his most sophisticated work, and many, such as novelist Ralph Ellison, have hailed it as the most piercing look at slavery in all of American literature.

Based on a real life incident--the character names remain unchanged--Benito Cereno tells what happens when an American merchant ship comes upon a mysterious Spanish ship where the nearly all-black crew and their white captain are starving and yet hostile to offers of help. Melville's most focused political work, it is rife with allusions (a ship named after Santo Domingo, site of the slave revolt led by Toussaint L'Ouverture), analogies (does the good-hearted yet obtuse American captain refer to the American character itself?), and mirroring images that deepen our reflections on human oppression and its resultant depravities.

It is, in short, a multi-layered masterpiece that rewards repeated readings, and deepens our appreciation of Melville's genius.

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