A new, definitive edition of Herman Melville's virtuosic short stories--
American classics wrought with scorching fury, grim humor, and profound
beauty Though best-known for his epic masterpiece Moby-Dick, Herman
Melville also left a body of short stories arguably unmatched in American
fiction. In the sorrowful tragedy of Billy Budd, Sailor; the controlled
rage of Benito Cereno; and the tantalizing enigma of Bartleby, the
Scrivener; Melville reveals himself as a singular storyteller of tremendous
range and compelling power. In these stories, Melville cuts to the heart of
race, class, capitalism, and globalism in America, deftly navigating
political and social issues that resonate as clearly in our time as they
did in Melville's. Also including The Piazza Tales in full, this collection
demonstrates why Melville stands not only among the greatest writers of the
nineteenth century, but also as one of our greatest contemporaries. This
Penguin Classics edition features the Reading Text of Billy Budd, Sailor,
as edited from a genetic study of the manuscript by Harrison Hayford and
Merton M. Sealts, Jr., and the authoritative Northwestern-Newberry text of
The Piazza Tales. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the
leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With
more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of
the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines.
Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by
introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors,
as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

Herman Melville—Billy Budd, Bartleby, And Other Stories