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The Confidence-Man (Paperback)

By Herman Melville, John Bryant (Introduction by), John Bryant (Notes by)
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Description


“In The Confidence-Man,” writes John Bryant in his Introduction, “Melville found a way to render our tragic sense of self and society through the comic strategies of the confidence game. He puts the reader in the game to play its parts and to contemplate the inconsistencies of its knaves and fools.” Set on a Mississippi steamer on April Fool’s Day and populated by a series of shape-shifting con men, The Confidence-Man is a challenging metaphysical and ethical exploration of antebellum American society. Set from the first American edition of 1857, this Modern Library paperback includes an Appendix with Bryant’s innovative “fluid text” analysis of early manuscript fragments from Melville’s novel.

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.

John Bryant has been a life-long athlete, Oxford Blue, country champion, and coach to an Olympic athlete. He was Deputy Editor of "The Times and is currently Consultant Editor of the "Daily Mail.

John Bryant has been a life-long athlete, Oxford Blue, country champion, and coach to an Olympic athlete. He was Deputy Editor of "The Times and is currently Consultant Editor of the "Daily Mail.

Praise For…


“The great transcendental satire.” —Carl Van Vechten

Product Details
ISBN: 9780375758027
ISBN-10: 037575802X
Publisher: Modern Library
Publication Date: September 9th, 2003
Pages: 384
Language: English