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Benito Cereno


Herman Melville’s famous 1855 novella or  short story, “Benito Cereno,” concerns a slave revolt occurring on a Spanish slave ship.  It is part of his collection of stories entitled The Piazza Tales.



LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Benito Cereno  (Title)
  • Melville, Herman (Author)



Call Numbers for Browsing the Circulating Shelves


  • PS2382 – PS2388



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.).  Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Benito Cereno, & Bartleby . . 1996.  
    • Call Number: PS2387 .H44 199
  • Bloom, Harold (Ed.). Modern Critical Interpretations: Billy Budd, Benito Cereno, Bartleby the Scrivener, and Other Tales. 1987. 
    • Call Number: PS2387 .H44 1987   
  • Gunn, Giles (Ed.). A Historical Guide to Herman Melville. 2005.
    • Call Number: PS2386 .H54 2005
  • Hillway, Tyrus. Herman Melville. 1963.
    • Call Number: PS2386 .H5
  • McCall, Dan (Ed.). Melville’s Short Novels. 2002.
    • Call Number: PS2382 .M38 2002
  • Melville, Herman. The Complete Shorter Fiction. 1997.
    • Call Number: PS2382 .M4 1997



Reference Materials


  • Literature and Its Times. – Call Number: REF PN50 .L574 1997
    • Vol. 1, pgs. 37-43
  • Masterplots II: Short Story Series. Call Number: REF PN3326 .M27 2004
    • Vol. 1, pgs. 308-310
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism.Call Number: REF PN761 .N5
    • Vol. 3, pgs. 331, 344, 347. 354, 361-362, 368, 380-384
    • Vol. 93, pgs. 186-253
    • Vol. 123, pgs. 186, 226, 254-255, 261
  • Short Story Criticism.Call Number: REF PN3321 .S5
    • Vol. 1, pgs. 293-330
    • Vol. 17,  pgs. 328, 338, 361
    • Vol. 95, pgs. 105-108, 115, 129-150, 167-176, 183, 214, 218
    • Vol. 141, pgs. 226-227, 244, 249-251, 255, 273, 286-290, 323



Research Databases  


      To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Literature Resources from Gale




This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library. This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

Revised November 21, 2021

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