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This edition: Bartleby

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Episode Details

(1972/England, 79 min., color, drama) Dir.: Anthony Friedman. Cast: Paul Scofield, John McEnery, Thorley Walters, Colin Jeavons. The story of an office clerk who suddenly refuses to work, uttering “I would prefer not to” to every request or assignment. Based on a short story, “Bartleby, the Scrivener,” by Herman Melville, which was set in 1850s Manhattan, but updated for this film to 1960s England. Distrib.: Corinth Films. Discussion guest: Geoffrey O'Brien, Library of America.

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Geoffrey O'Brien Executive Editor, Library of America