The Confidence Man

The Confidence Man

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by Herman Melville
     
 

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The Confidence-Man was written by Herman Melville and first published in 1857. 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

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The Confidence-Man was written by Herman Melville and first published in 1857. 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 century did critics celebrate its technical virtuosity, wit, comprehensive social vision, and wry scepticism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012451705
Publisher:
United Holdings Group
Publication date:
04/22/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
420 KB

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