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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 (1819-1891), novelist and poet, was born in New York City. Working with Romantic materials of primitivism, individualism, nature and the Gothic, Melville produced a body of fiction that analyzed reality in both its social and metaphysical dimensions. He is best known for his masterpiece, Moby Dick.

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