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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 for the home, classroom, and desktop of each and every Internet participant.
  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).   2
  Since its incorporation in 1999 and the release of preeminent contemporary reference works, Bartleby.com becomes the most comprehensive reference publisher on the web, meeting the needs of students, educators, and the intellectually curious.   3
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        Chairman & CEO
        Bartleby.com, Inc.
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