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The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade [Norton…

The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade [Norton Critical Edition, 2nd ed.]

by Herman Melville, Mark Niemeyer (Editor), Hershel Parker (Editor)

Other authors: Joel Barlow (Contributor), Johannes Dietrich Bergmann (Contributor), Margaret Coel (Contributor), Patricia Cline Cohen (Contributor), Jonathan A. Cook (Contributor)17 more, Orville Dewey (Contributor), Elizabeth S. Foster (Contributor), John Wakefield Francis, Dr. (Contributor), James Hall (Contributor), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Contributor), Harrison Hayford (Contributor), Brian Higgins (Contributor), Stephen D. Hoy (Contributor), Dennis Marnon (Contributor), Thomas L. McHaney (Contributor), Scott Norsworthy (Contributor), Hershel Parker (Contributor), Tom Quirk (Contributor), Susan M. Ryan (Contributor), John W. Shroeder (Contributor), Abraham Tucker (Contributor), Carl Van Vechten (Contributor)

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One of my classmates studies Melville. I praise his patience. I question his reason.
  likecymbeline | Apr 1, 2017 |
Tough and enigmatic but entertaining. I'll have to reread this one, but my first impression is that this is much more tightly put together than Mardi and that just as good a case can be made that Melville was a closet Mormon as that he was (as some have asserted) a closet homosexual. For example, in chapter 45 the boy in the old yellow linen coat over his red flannel shirt "like...a victim in auto de fe" peddling a lock from behind a door (which recalls John 10:7,8) says to the Cosmopolitan (the Devil): Sell you one, sir?". The Cosmopolitan rejoins " I never use such blacksmith's things" To me this exchange points to Isaiah 54:16 which is quoted by Jesus in his prophecies to the Nephites in 3 Nephi and which refers (in that context) to the Prophet Joseph Smith and the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. Earlier the boy says when urged sell his wisdom and buy a coat, "Faith that's what I did today, and this is the coat that the price of my wisdom bought." The martyrdom of Smith seems to be covertly referenced, at least to someone of my background. Any comments? ( )
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This is the second Norton Critical Edition of Confidence-Man. It contains significant additional materials. Please do not combine with the main edition. The critical contents are significantly different from the 1st NCE edition. Again, please do not combine.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 039397927X, Paperback)

The text of The Confidence-Man reprinted here is again that of the first American edition (1857), slightly corrected.

The Second Edition features significantly expanded explanatory annotations, particularly of biblical allusions.

"Contemporary Reviews" includes nineteen commentaries on The Confidence-Man, eight of them new to the Second Edition. Better understood today are the concerted attacks on Melville by, especially, Presbyterian, Congregationalist, and Methodist reviewers.

A new section, "Biographical Overviews," embodies the transformation of knowledge about Melville’s life that has occurred over the last three decades. This section provides a wide range of readings of Melville’s life by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Dennis Marnon, and Hershel Parker, among others.

"Sources, Backgrounds, and Criticism" is thematically organized to inform readers about movements and social developments central to Melville’s America and to this novel, including utopias, cults, cure-alls, Transcendentalism, Indian hating, the Bible, and popular literature.

A Selected Bibliography is also included.

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