The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade
by Herman Melville
Publisher: Dix, Edwards & Co. 1857
Number of pages: 416
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?
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