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The Piazza Tales

By Herman Melville
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Publisher Description

"The Piazza Tales" is a collection of six short stories written by Herman Melville.

The first story, "The Piazza," is about a narrator who buys a house in the countryside and builds a piazza. He spends much of his time on the piazza, watching his neighbors and contemplating the mysteries of life.

The second story, "Bartleby, the Scrivener," is about a lawyer who hires a scrivener named Bartleby. Bartleby is a very strange man who eventually refuses to do any work, leading to his dismissal and tragic end.

The third story, "Benito Cereno," is a tale of a ship captain who is taken captive by his own slaves while on a voyage. The story explores themes of race and power.

The fourth story, "The Lightning-Rod Man," is about a man who sells lightning rods and claims that he can protect a house from lightning strikes. The story is a satire on the marketing tactics of the time.

The fifth story, "The Encantadas," is a series of ten sketches depicting the Galápagos Islands. Melville explores the history and natural beauty of the islands.

The final story, "The Bell-Tower," is about the construction of a bell-tower in a small town. The narrator becomes obsessed with the tower and the bell, and eventually commits a terrible crime.

Overall, "The Piazza Tales" is a collection of diverse stories that explore themes of human nature, society, and the natural world.

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