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The Confidence Man (Literary Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

Poorly received when first published in 1857, The Confidence Man is now considered Herman Melville's "most nearly perfect work," and one that occupies a central place in the American literary tradition of masquerade and trickery.

Set on April Fool's Day aboard a Mississippi steamer, this powerful and engaging novel, through the conversations of the confidence man (who may be looked on as the Devil or God), explores America and American values.

Part satire, part hoax, The Confidence Man is also a dark look at the nothingness lurking beneath our beliefs and assumptionsa look at a universe in which neither God nor the Devil exists, and where Christianity is only a comforting fiction little better than an April Fool's prank.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781573920384
Editor:
Gordon, Sol
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Editor:
Gordon, Sol
Author:
Melville, Herman
Location:
Amherst, N.Y. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
American
Subject:
American fiction (fictional works by one author)
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Mississippi river
Subject:
Allegories
Subject:
Swindlers and swindling
Subject:
River boats
Subject:
Steamboats
Subject:
Swindlers and swindling -- Fiction.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Literary Classics
Series Volume:
160-93
Publication Date:
19950931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
296
Dimensions:
8.50x5.52x.67 in. .88 lbs.

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