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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 (August 1, 1819 - September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, writer of short stories, and poet from the American Renaissance period. The bulk of his writings was published between 1846 and 1857. Best known for his whaling novel Moby-Dick (1851), he is also legendary for having been forgotten during the last thirty years of his life. Melville's writing is characteristic for its allusivity. "In Melville's manipulation of his reading," scholar Stanley T. Williams wrote, "was a transforming power comparable to Shakespeare's." Born in New York City, he was the third child of a merchant in French dry-goods, with Revolutionary War heroes for grandfathers. Not long after the death of his father in 1832, his schooling stopped abruptly. After having been a schoolteacher for a short time, he signed up for a merchant voyage to Liverpool in 1839. A year and a half into his first whaling voyage, in 1842 he jumped ship in the Marquesas Islands, where he lived among the natives for a month. His first book, Typee (1846) became a huge bestseller which called for a sequel, Omoo (1847). The same year Melville married Elizabeth Knapp Shaw; their four children were all born between 1849 and 1855.

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