The Confidence-man: His Masquerade
“In The Confidence-Man,” writes John Bryant in his Introduction, “Melville found a way to render our tragic sense of self and society through the comic strategies of the confidence game. He puts the reader in the game to play its parts and to contemplate the inconsistencies of its knaves and fools.” Set on a Mississippi steamer on April Fool’s Day and populated by a series of shape-shifting con men, The Confidence-Man is a challenging metaphysical and ethical exploration of antebellum American society. Set from the first American edition of 1857, this Modern Library paperback includes an Appendix with Bryant’s innovative “fluid text” analysis of early manuscript fragments from Melville’s novel.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing
I felt mixed about Moby Dick and Billy Budd, but there were aspects of the writing I admire, and I also read Benito Cereno today and was impressed. So if I'm not a Melville fan, neither am I a ... Read full review
Review: The Confidence-ManUser Review - Al Yo - Goodreads
This book emphasized my self loathing; were it not for the footnotes in the Norton Edition the allegory would have flew over my head, without them perhaps the narrative would have been more engaging ... Read full review