Bartleby: Great Books Online

The concluding line of Herman Melville’s classic American short story, Bartleby, the Scrivener, reads: “Ah Bartleby, Ah Humanity!”

And so,, after the humble character of its namesake scrivener, or copyist, publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge. began as a personal research experiment in 1993 and within one year published the first classic book on the Web (Whitman’s Leaves of Grass). Use to find a lost favorite – or to help your kids discover whole new worlds in literature!

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