The Confidence-Man

By Herman Melville


In Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade, a group of steamboat passengers paddle to New Orleans on April Fool’s Day. As the Mississippi carries them down river, everyone is selling something: quack remedies; stock in a mining company about to fail; a fraudulent charity for widows and orphans. Set on the eve of the Civil War, as the f…


Published date: January 1, 1857
Type: Books
Genre: Fiction

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Love this book. And it’s insanely post-modern, almost feels like something Pynchon could have written.