A Novella within a novella / by Matthew Thompson

- from Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville


  Such a stunning passage. And in one sentence! That Melville could compose a sprawling epic on whaling and madness while, at the same time, remain so nimble, so precise, is why his writing endures. I read his work and see an elephant, one hundred feet in the air, doing acrobatics across a highwire.