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Knave, Fool, and Genius

The Confidence Man as He Appears in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

Susan Kuhlmann

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Published: 10/2018
Pages: 150
Subject: Literary Criticism | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9.78081E+12
eBook ISBN: 9781469650562


The confidence man held a fascination for Melville, Hawthorne, Howells, Johnson J. Hooper, Bret Harte, and Mark Twain. In this study the writers are grouped in such a way as to emphasize certain large-scale cultural patterns of nineteenth-century America. Primary attention is given to the con man character himself and the ways in which he reflects the unique qualities and perceptions of a given writer.

Originally published in 1973.

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