The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade: The Authoritative Edition

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Long considered Melville's strangest novel, The Confidence-Man is a comic allegory aimed at the optimism and materialism of mid-nineteenth century America. A shape-shifting Confidence-Man approaches passengers on a Mississippi River steamboat and, winning over his not-quite-innocent victims with his charms, urges each to trust in the cosmos, in nature, and even in human nature--with predictable results. In Melville's time the book was such a failure he abandoned fiction writing for twenty years; only in the twentieth ...

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade: The Authoritative Edition 2002, Northwestern University Press

ISBN-13: 9780810119680

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