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The confidence-man : his masquerade : an authoritative text, contemporary reviews, biographical overviews, sources, backgrounds, and criticism

Author: Herman Melville; Hershel Parker; Mark Niemeyer
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic, 2006.
Series: Norton critical edition.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : Fiction : English
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[The author] incisively scrutinizes American confidence that the theological concept of "total depravity" may safely be abandoned. As the Mississippi steamboat Fidele (Faith) goes downriver on April Fool's Day, the Devil, appealing for confidence, engages passengers in dizzying philosophical, social, and religious disquisitions. In 1851, overconfident that Moby-Dick would be popular, [the author] was plunged into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Herman Melville; Hershel Parker; Mark Niemeyer
OCLC Number: 70550381
Notes: Originally published: New York : Norton, c2006. 2nd ed.
Description: 1 sound disc : digital, mono. ; 4 3/4 in.
Contents: Text of the Confidence-man: Contents, The Confidence-man, his masquerade; Note on the text, The river; Melville's sources for chapter 14 and 44 and his revisions, "Shock of wit" in Melville's revisions of chapter 14 / E.S. Foster, Melville's "smoky" revisions of chapter 14 / H. Hayford, Sources for chapter 14 and 44 in the Confidence-man / T. Quirk --
Contemporary reviews: Sketch affair, "Ubiquitous rogue, Morality enacted by masqued players / Anonymous --Biographical overviews: The Confidence-man's masquerade / H. Parker; from the original Confidence man / J.D. Bergmann; Old major Melvill and "this worlds goods" / D.C. Marnon --
Backgrounds, sources, and criticism: Utopias, sects, cults, and cure-alls, Delusions of a "terrestrial paradise" / H. Parker, Who is happier, Polynesian savage or self-complacent European?, Must Christianizing the heathen destroy the heathen? / H. Melville; Latest heresy, Melville and the transcendentalists, Chronology / H. Parker, Great satire of transcendentalism / C. Van Vechten, Mark Winsome and Egbert, "In the friendly spirit" / B. Higgins; Melville and the devil in the Bible and popular literature, Satanic beggar, the devil in popular stories, Celestial railroad / N. Hawthorne, Devil as a Quaker / H. Melville; Indian hating in the Confidence-man, Historical background, Historical fact of the Indian hating, Columbus's questions / J. Barlow, Indian hating, some of the sources of this animosity, brief account of Col. Moredock / J. Hall, All races, made in :the image of God: / H. Melville, Political background, Politics of allegorizing Indian hating, Melville's allegorical Indian as a type of the confidence man / E.S. Foster, Sources and symbols for Melville's Confidence-man / J.W. Shroeder, Metaphysics of Indian-hating / H. Parker.
Series Title: Norton critical edition.
Responsibility: edited by Hershel Parker, Mark Niemeyer.

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[The author] incisively scrutinizes American confidence that the theological concept of "total depravity" may safely be abandoned. As the Mississippi steamboat Fidele (Faith) goes downriver on April Fool's Day, the Devil, appealing for confidence, engages passengers in dizzying philosophical, social, and religious disquisitions. In 1851, overconfident that Moby-Dick would be popular, [the author] was plunged into debt; and as he wrote [this book], a creditor was threatening to seize his farm. Fundamentalist religious attacks on his earlier books had driven [him] to identify with victims of religious persecution, a bond that would be further strengthened with the publication of [this book] ... The text is accompanied by ... new explanatory annotations of biblical, classical, and historical allusions, and many new essays place the book in its ... historical context. --Back cover.

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