The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade (Paperback)

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By Herman Melville, Tony Tanner (Introduction by), John Dugdale (Notes by)
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Male, female, deft, fraudulent, constantly shifting: which of the masquerade' of passengers on the Mississippi steamboat Fidele is the confidence man'? The central motif of Melville's last and most modern' novel can be seen as a symbol of American cultural history.
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About the Author

Herman Melville was an American novelist, poet, and lecturer best known for his classic novel Moby-Dick, as well as for his short fiction "Bartleby, the Scrivener," and the unfinished "Billy Budd, Sailor." Educated as a teacher and later as an engineer, Melville s writing was heavily influenced by his time aboard the whaling ship Acushnet, and his month-long captivity by Typee natives on Nuka Hiva island. Although Melville experienced success early in his writing career, public indifference to his masterpiece, Moby-Dick, resulted in waning attention, and his work was almost entirely disregarded by the time of this death in 1891. Melville s work experienced a revival in the early twentieth century, and he is now considered one of the pre-eminent American writers of his time. He is also one of the most-studied novelists, and was the first writer to be collected and published by the Library of America.

Tony Tanner was Professor of English and American Literature at the University of Cambridge.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780199554850
ISBN-10: 0199554854
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: June 2009
Pages: 361
Language: English
Series: Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)