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Confidence-Man: His Masquerade
 
 
Author
Herman Melville. H. Bruce Franklin, ed.
Publisher Dalkey Archive  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 1.15 inches
ISBN 9781564784544
Pages/Publication Date 355/2006
Daedalus Item Code 33958
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On a Mississippi steamboat on April Fool's Day, the mysterious, unnamed "confidence-man" questions many of his fellow passengers as to what they believe in, and persuades them to adopt his own belief in progress. Along the way, Herman Melville uses this protean figure to skewer what he considered to be the unfounded optimism of mid-19th-century America, basing some of these credulous characters on Emerson, Thoreau, and Poe, among others. This 1857 novel—annotated and with an introduction to place the book in its historical context—was the last that Melville published in his lifetime, and its satirical tone marks a radical shift from the gravity of Moby Dick.

"The oddities of thought, felicities of expression, the wit, humor, and rollicking inspirations are as abundant and original as in any of the productions of this most remarkable writer."—NYTimes

 
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