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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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The Confidence-Man: His MasqueradeThe Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (Hardcover)
Pub. Date: 1988
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Price: $61.10
Seller: Midtown Scholar Bookstore, Harrisburg, PA, USA
Description: G-Bumped and creased book with tears to the extremities, but not affecting the text block, may have remainder mark or previous owner's name-GOOD Standard-sized.
The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (Northwestern-Newberry Edition Volume10)The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (Northwestern-Newberry Edition Volume10) (Hardcover)
Pub. Date: 1984
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Price: $63.03
Seller: Magus Books, Seattle, WA, USA
Condition: Very Good- in Very Good jacket
Notes: Used hardcover in a dust jacket. jacket is slightly worn about the edges and a bit rubbed, but with no tears and not price clipped. there is a barcod sticker on rear jacket panel. pages and binding are clean, straight and tight. there are no marks to the text or other serious flaws.
 
 
 
 

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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: 16298064316
  • ISBN-13: 9780810103245
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Seller: Bonita
    Condition: Very good