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The confidence-man

his masquerade

by Herman Melville

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Published by Oxford University Press in Oxford, New York .
Written in English

    Places:
  • Mississippi River
    • Subjects:
    • Swindlers and swindling -- Fiction,
    • Steamboats -- Fiction,
    • Mississippi River -- Fiction

    • Edition Notes

      Bibliography: p. [xxxix]-xl.

      StatementHerman Melville ; with an introduction by Tony Tanner and explanatory notes by John Dugdale.
      GenreFiction.
      SeriesThe World"s classics
      ContributionsTanner, Tony., Dugdale, John.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsPS2384 .C6 1989
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxlvi, 361 p. ;
      Number of Pages361
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL2040383M
      ISBN 100192818244
      LC Control Number88016958

      Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man: The Early Years () – Thomas Mann's unfinished novel about a German con man; The Stainless Steel Rat (–present) – series of sci-fi novels by Harry Harrison; the protagonist, James Bolivar diGriz ("Slippery Jim"), is a con man and uses abundant schemes and frauds.


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