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The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade

Herman Melville (1819-1891)

1. 01 - Chapters 1 and 2
2. 02 - Chapters 3 and 4
3. 03 - Chapters 5 and 6
4. 04 - Chapters 7 and 8
5. 05 - Chapters 9 and 10
6. 06 - Chapters 11 and 12
7. 07 - Chapters 13 and 14
8. 08 - Chapters 15 and 16
9. 09 - Chapters 17 and 18
10. 10 - Chapters 19 and 20
11. 11 - Chapters 21 and 22
12. 12 - Chapters 23 and 24
13. 13 - Chapters 25 - 28
14. 14 - Chapters 29 and 30
15. 15 - Chapters 31 - 36
16. 16 - Chapters 37 - 39
17. 17 - Chapters 40 and 41
18. 18 - Chapters 42 and 43
19. 19 - Chapters 44 and 45

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Summary

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.