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The Confidence-Man : His Masquerade
by Melville, Herman

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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 skepticism.

This scholarly edition includes a Historical Note offering a detailed account of the novel's composition, publication, reception, and subsequent critical history. In addition the editors present the twenty-six surviving manuscript leaves and scraps with full transcriptions and analytical commentary.

This scholarly edition aims to present a text as close to the author's intention as surviving evidence permits. Based on collations of both editions publishing during Melville's lifetime, it incorporates 138 emendations made by the present editors. It is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America).

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Moby-Dick Or the Whale [the Writings of Herman Melville, Volume 6]Moby-Dick Or the Whale [the Writings of Herman Melville, Volume 6] (Paperback)
Pub. Date: 1988
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Price: $27.00
Seller: Common Crow Books, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Description: Printed paper wrap, octavo, 1043pp., not illustrated. Book has sun and creasing to spine, mild edgewear to wrap, binding tight, scholars notes and marginalia. No DJ.
Condition: Good
The Confidence-Man (the Writings of Herman Melville, Volume 10)The Confidence-Man (the Writings of Herman Melville, Volume 10) (Paperback)
Pub. Date: 1984
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Price: $31.53
Seller: Jenson Online Inc, Logan, UT, USA
Notes: This item shows signs of wear from consistent use, but it remains in good condition and works perfectly. All pages and cover are intact, but may have aesthetic issues such as small tears, bends, scratches, and scuffs. Spine may also show signs of wear. Pages may include some notes and highlighting. May include "From the library of" labels. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
 
 
 
 

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Overview

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 skepticism.

This scholarly edition includes a Historical Note offering a detailed account of the novel's composition, publication, reception, and subsequent critical history. In addition the editors present the twenty-six surviving manuscript leaves and scraps with full transcriptions and analytical commentary.

This scholarly edition aims to present a text as close to the author's intention as surviving evidence permits. Based on collations of both editions publishing during Melville's lifetime, it incorporates 138 emendations made by the present editors. It is an Approved Text of the Center for Editions of American Authors (Modern Language Association of America).

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  • PID: 15619841276
  • ISBN-13: 9780810103252
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Seller: Common Crow Books
    Description: 1984, Edition not stated. Softcover, in Very Good condition, with light shelf wear.
    Condition: Very Good