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Gender: M Meaning of Bartleby: "son of the furrow" Origin of Bartleby: English surname, probably related to Bartholomew "son of the furrow"

Bartleby (that's his last name) the Scrivener is a famous Herman Melville character whose surprisingly powerful refrain was, "I would prefer not to." Or, in the immortal words of any two-year-old: No.

Putting that aside, Bartleby could make a uniquely lively literary alternative to Barnaby.

Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street was made into movies three times, the latest starring Christian Glover. In the 1999 film "Dogma," Bartleby is a fallen angel played by Ben Affleck.

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"Bartleby, the Scrivener" (1856), Melville's short story about a scrivener, or law-copyist. The narrator, his employer, says he is "the strangest I ever saw, or heard of"
Bartleby Gaines, Justin Long's character in "Accepted"

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