By Herman Melville
Bartleby, el escribiente es una de las narraciones más originales y conmovedoras de los angeles historia de l. a. literatura. Melville escribió este relato a mediados del siglo xix, pero por él no parece haber pasado el tiempo. Nos cuenta l. a. historia de un ordinary copista que trabaja en una oficina de Wall road. Un día, de repente, deja de escribir amparándose en su famosa fórmula: «Preferiría no hacerlo».
Nadie sabe de dónde viene este escribiente, prefiere no decirlo, y su futuro es incierto pues prefiere no hacer nada que altere su situación. El abogado, que es el narrador, no sabe cómo actuar ante esta rebeldía, pero al mismo tiempo se siente atraído por tan misteriosa actitud. Su compasión hacia el escribiente, un empleado que no cumple ninguna de sus órdenes, hace de este personaje un ser tan extraño como el propio Bartleby.
El libro está ilustrado por Javier Zabala, Premio Nacional de Ilustración 2005.
«Bartleby, que facts de 1856, prefigura a Franz Kafka. Su desconcertante Protagonista es un hombre oscuro que se niega tenazmente a los angeles acción. El autor no lo explica, pero nuestra imaginación lo acepta inmediatamente y no sin mucha lástima. En realidad son dos los protagonistas; el obstinado Bartleby y el narrador que se resigna a su obstinación y acaba por encariñarse con él.»
Jorge Luis Borges
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Before transcription the pages were ruled vertically in ink with two margins set at approximately 18 mm from the gutter and asymmetrically at 10/13 mm from the outer edge. The ruling extends throughout the volume even though the last seventeen leaves (ff. 79-95) remained unused. The rectos of ff. 1 and 2 were given an additional single horizontal rule at the foot and a double one at the head, but only the second of these pages was called into use for the table of contents. At the time scribe A compiled the bulk of this table, at a single sitting, the collection was for the most part complete and he must have known that a single page would suffice.
It could simply be that the scribe misjudged his lay-out of this page, but other indications suggest a different interpretation. As has been noted, 18-21 are taken straight from the 1670 garland, and they are also the only four ballads in that garland which have not appeared in Forresters so far. These observations can prompt speculations about the overall intention of the maker of the manuscript. Purpose The evidence invites the hypothesis that the supervisor was making up a new garland. The fact that the Forresters collection matched and went beyond the 1663 garland, with texts in some cases better and in others more ample, and never copied a text directly from that source, suggests that the intention was to produce a garland which would out-do the 1663 version.
18-21 ). Transcription Division in various ways of the labour of copying was a frequent practice among professional scribes and scriptoria. R. Ker for the Early English Text Society, 1976. The disposition of hands in the present manuscript is as follows: Hand A Hand B 1-5/8 5/9-end 6/1 6/2-end 7/1-3 7/4-end Page xxiv 8/1 8/2-end 9 (whole) 10(A)/1-2 10(A)/3-end 10(B) (whole) 11 / 1-3 11/4-end 12/1 12/2-end 13/1 13/2-end 14/1 14/2-end 15/1-3 15/4-end 16 (whole) 17/1-5 17/6-end 18/1-2 18/3-end 19/1 19/2-end 20/1 20/2-end 21/1 21/2-end Local variations, sometimes quite dramatic, in the scripts, along with changes in the pen or colour of the ink, mean that the distinction between the two hands is not always immediately obvious.