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THE CONCLUDING line of Herman Melville’s classic American short story Bartleby, the Scrivener reads

        Ah Bartleby, Ah Humanity!

And so, Bartleby.com—after the humble character of its namesake scrivener, or copyist—publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge.
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  Bartleby.com 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). It was inconceivable then that a billion page views was possible, let alone, hundreds of millions of users.   2
  I am proud to have shepherded our mission over the last two decades to serve both the academic community and the curious reader, especially continuing the development of our original offerings: quotations and poetry anthologies.   2
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        Sincerely,

        Steven H. van Leeuwen
        Chairman & CEO
        Bartleby.com, Inc.
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