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The Lightning-Rod Man

The Piazza Tales
By Herman Melville
Narrated by Mark Owen / 19 minutes

Chosen for inclusion in William Evans Burton's Cyclopediae of Wit and Humor of 1857, with an illustration by Henry Louis Stephens, The Lightning-Rod Man was the one Melville tale to be available throughout his lifetime, thanks to reissues of this volume. More a parable than a character-driven story, The Lightning-rod man is a charlatan who tries to profit by selling fearful people lightning-rods during thunderstorms. The narrator has a difficult encounter with the Lightning-Rod man in this story about overcoming fear and superstition.

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The Piazza Tales Series

The Bell-Tower
The Bell-Tower
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The Encantadas
The Encantadas
Herman Melville
The Lightning-Rod Man
The Lightning-Rod Man
Herman Melville
The Piazza
The Piazza
Herman Melville
Benito Cereno
Benito Cereno
Herman Melville
The Piazza Tales
The Piazza Tales
Herman Melville
Bartleby, the Scrivener
Bartleby, the Scrivener
Herman Melville

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