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The Confidence-man
His Masquerade
by Herman Melville Stephen Matterson

RRP €18.50

The Confidence-man
His Masquerade
by Author Name Herman Melville, Stephen Matterson

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List Price:18.50
Format: Paperback, 198 x 129 x 17mm, 400pp
Publication date: 28 Feb 1991
Publisher: Penguin Classics
ISBN-13: 9780140445473

Description

Onboard the Fidele, a steamboat floating down the Mississippi to New Orleans, a confidence man sets out to defraud his fellow passengers. In quick succession he assumes numerous guises - from a legless beggar and a worldly businessman to a collector for charitable causes and a cosmopolitan' gentleman, who simply swindles a barber out of the price of a shave. Making very little from his hoaxes, the pleasure of trickery seems an end in itself for this slippery conman. Is he the Devil? Is his chicanery merely intended to expose the mercenary concerns of those around him? Set on April Fool's Day, The Confidence-Man (1857) is an engaging comedy of masquerades, digressions and shifting identity, and a devastating satire on the American dream.