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I Would Prefer Not To
Herman Melville, I Would Prefer Not To: Essential Stories
  • ISBN: 9781782277460
  • Pages: 256
  • Publisher: Pushkin Press
  • Binding: Paperback

I Would Prefer Not To

Essential Stories

Herman Melville

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A selection of dark and enthralling stories by Herman Melville.

A lawyer hires a new copyist, only to be met with confounding resistance. A cynical lightning-rod salesman plies his trade by exploiting fears in stormy weather. After boarding a beleaguered Spanish slave ship, an American trader’s cheerful outlook is repeatedly shadowed by paralyzing unease. In these stories about the surreal mundanity of office life and obscure tensions at sea, Herman Melville’s darkly modern sensibility plunges us into a world of mystery, where nothing is as it first appears.

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