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The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade by Herman Melville
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The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade was the last major novel by Herman Melville, the American writer and author of Moby-Dick. Published on April 1, 1857 (presumably the exact day of the novel's setting), The Confidence-Man was Melville's tenth major work in eleven years. The novel portrays a Canterbury Tales-style group of steamboat passengers whose interlocking stories are told as they travel down the Mississippi River toward New Orleans. The novel is written as cultural satire, allegory, and metaphysical treatise, dealing with themes of sincerity, identity, morality, religiosity, economic materialism, irony, and cynicism. Many critics have placed The Confidence-Man alongside Melville's Moby-Dick and "Bartleby the Scrivener" as a precursor to 20th-century literary preoccupations with nihilism, existentialism, and absurdism.

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THE CONFIDENCE MAN: HIS MASQUERADE.

BY

HERMAN MELVILLE, AUTHOR OF "PIAZZA TALES," "OMOO," "TYPEE," ETC., ETC.

NEW YORK: DIX, EDWARDS & CO., 321 BROADWAY 1857.

Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1857, by HERMAN MELVILLE, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

MILLER & HOLMAN, Printers and Stereotypers, N. Y.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I.

A mute goes aboard a boat on the Mississippi.

CHAPTER II.

Showing that many men have many minds.

CHAPTER III.

In which a variety of characters appear.

CHAPTER IV.

Renewal of old acquaintance.

CHAPTER V.

The man with the weed makes it an even question whether he be a great sage or a great simpleton.

CHAPTER VI.

At the outset of which certain passengers prove deaf to the call of charity.

CHAPTER VII.

A gentleman with gold sleeve buttons.

CHAPTER VIII.

A charitable lady.

CHAPTER IX.

Two business men transact a little business.

CHAPTER X.

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