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The Paradise of Bachelors and The Tartarus of Maids (Annotated Edition)

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“The Paradise of Bachelors and The Tartarus of Maids” is a short story by American writer Herman Melville (1819-1891). It was first published in 1855.

This edition also contains a biographic profile of Melville and a complete bibliography of his novels and short stories.
Kindle Edition, 35 pages
Published January 8th 2013 (first published 1855)
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Erwin
Remarkable! Two very fine stories.
Althea Ann
(1855)
The collection I found this in only included 'The Tartarus of Maids.' I see that 'The Paradise of Bachelors' is variously referred to as either the first 'half' of the story, or a companion piece. Either way, I do find it rather odd to only present one, because 'The Tartarus of Maids' refers several times to the 'Paradise of Bachelors' in a way that is quite confusing to one who has not read it.

'The Tartarus of Maids' is a socially-motivated piece. The protagonist travels to a paper mill t
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John Pistelli
After re-reading Moby-Dick , I decided to revisit this remarkable short story (or diptych of sketches) as well. I do not usually review single short stories on Goodreads—it feels like cheating to add something less than a whole book—but this one deserves it. Originally published in Harper's in 1855, it is one of Melville's lesser-known works, not included in his 1856 collection The Piazza Tales, though today you can find it in the Norton Anthology of American Literature, where I read it. An int ...more
LaCitty
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tre racconti molto carini accomunati dalla stessa struttura duplice con una parte narrata in Inghilterra, l'altra in America. Il tema della povertà e il modo in cui ci si comporta tra e verso chi è più povero accomuna 2 dei tre racconti; Il paradiso dei celibi,invece, sembra inneggiare alla condizione del "maschio senza moglie" opponendolo alle fanciulle nubili, tristi, emaciate e sfruttate.... per fortuna che i tempi sono cambiati ^^
Magistrali come al solito le descrizioni dei luoghi.
C. Dale Wiesner
As profound and meaningful the stories are, the mundane presentation and uninteresting language/writing conventions killed it for me. Other stories cover the same topics better.
I rate this story nine gay bachelors and all the overworked single ladies out of five.
Juris
Dec 20, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two short stories that parallel each one, "The Paradise of Bachelors and The Tartarus of Maids" were originally displayed together on a diptych. Through close reading, one will realize this is more than just a story about industrialization and the depiction of unmarried men and women. Melville's use of metaphors displays sexual imagery with symbolism such as the Jericho horn in "Paradise" representing the male sex organ and the machine in the "Tartarus" is symbolic to the female reproductive org ...more
Shaleh
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a short story, twenty pages or so, and is worth reading. In the beginning, you are introduced to luxury -- but at the end, you learn the cost of luxury.

It is beautifully poetic as well!
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Herman Melville was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. His first two books gained much attention, though they were not bestsellers, and his popularity declined precipitously only a few years later. By the time of his death he had been almost completely forgotten, but his longest novel, Moby-Dick — largely considered a failure d
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