The Confidence-man

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Penguin Books Limited, 1990 - Fiction - 351 pages
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Onboard the Fidèle, a steamboat floating down the Mississippi to New Orleans, a confidence man sets out to defraud his fellow passengers. In quick succession he assumes numerous guises - from a legless beggar and a worldly businessman to a collector for charitable causes and a ‘cosmopolitan’ gentleman, who simply swindles a barber out of the price of a shave. Making very little from his hoaxes, the pleasure of trickery seems an end in itself for this slippery conman. Is he the Devil? Is his chicanery merely intended to expose the mercenary concerns of those around him? Set on April Fool’s Day, The Confidence-Man (1857) is an engaging comedy of masquerades, digressions and shifting identity, and a devastating satire on the American dream.

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User Review  - Mark Stephenson - Goodreads

Here is a 1966 paper which I don't think is available online relevant to "a Green Prophet from Utah" (Confidence Man Chapter 2) MELVILLE'S ALMA AND THE BOOK OF MORMON ROBERT A. REES In letters to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Martin Zook - Goodreads

As best I can determine, The Confidence Man did not make the most difficult novel list here. Inexplicable, at first, but then stop and think about it: It's so opaque that it generally stops readers in ... Read full review

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Responses to American Literature: Melville- The Confidence Man
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The Confidence-Man and the Use of Evidence in Compositional Studies: A Rejoinder. Hershel Parker. Nineteenth-Century Fiction, Vol. 28, No. 1, 119-124. ... sici?sici=0029-0564(197306)28%3A1%3C119%3ATCATUO%3E2.0.CO%3B2-Q

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Panurge and Melville's "The Confidence Man"
Melville’s The Confidence Man. New Orleans Picayune, June 21,1849:. `Well, then,' continues the `confidence man',. `just lend me your watch till to-morrow.' ... confidence.htm

Metaphysics, money & the Messiah: a conversation about Melville's ...
... to a quintessentially American parable, "The Confidence-Man : His Masquerade," the last long-form work of prose fiction by Herman Melville (1819 -1891). ... p/ articles/ mi_qa3671/ is_200710/ ai_n21137293

About the author (1990)

Herman Melville was born in August 1, 1819, in New York City, the son of a merchant. Only twelve when his father died bankrupt, young Herman tried work as a bank clerk, as a cabin-boy on a trip to Liverpool, and as an elementary schoolteacher, before shipping in January 1841 on the whaler Acushnet, bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as ordinary seaman on the frigate United States to Boston, where he was discharged in October 1844. Books based on these adventures won him immediate success. By 1850 he was married, had acquired a farm near Pittsfield, Massachussetts (where he was the impetuous friend and neighbor of Nathaniel Hawthorne), and was hard at work on his masterpiece Moby-Dick.

Literary success soon faded; his complexity increasingly alienated readers. After a visit to the Holy Land in January 1857, he turned from writing prose fiction to poetry. In 1863, during the Civil War, he moved back to New York City, where from 1866-1885 he was a deputy inspector in the Custom House, and where, in 1891, he died. A draft of a final prose work, Billy Budd, Sailor, was left unfinished and uncollated, packed tidily away by his widow, where it remained until its rediscovery and publication in 1924.

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