The confidence game in American literature

by Warwick Wadlington

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THE CONFIDENCE-MANSome literary critics have reckoned Herman Melville's (–) The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade () the author's "second best" book, after MobyDick (); it is certainly one of his most provocative and problematic. The Confidence-Man bears little resemblance to Melville's sea epic, at any rate. Unlike Ishmael, the third-person narrator is detached and almost.   Even though "The Confidence Game" doesn't revel in the sorcery of the con as much as those books, it does remind us of at least two essential things. First, we're all potential marks. A new book examines the psychology of the confidence game — and illuminates a deep-seated American dysfunction. The Confidence Man in American Literature. By Gary Lindberg. Oxford. $ The recent history of the reputation of Herman Melville’s The Confidence-Man is nearly as suggestive as that novel’s own episodic narrative. Since Elizabeth Foster’s edition of , it has revealed itself to new generations of readers less as the hypochondriacal, cynical, tedious work that Lewis Mumford and.

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See search results for this author. Are you an author. 4/5(1). Drawing on modern studies of rhetoric and the concept of the Trickster, the author examines Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Nathanael West as creators of a fictive experience centered in deceptive or problematic transactions of model of a confidence game, suggested Author: Warwick Wadlington.

The model of a confidence game, suggested by the writers’ own thematic preoccupations, permits an analysis of the social motivations inherent in the fiction. The author concentrates on the process by which confidence is established and the ways in which deception leads to regeneration and an altered perception of authority.

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This is a brilliant and often unsettling book, and it leaves me with mixed feelings—I’d like everyone. The Confidence Game in American Literature Book Description: Drawing on modern studies of rhetoric and the concept of the Trickster, the author examines Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Nathanael West as creators of a fictive experience centered in deceptive or problematic transactions of confidence.

The Confidence Man in American Literature by Ellison, Kerouac, Kesey, and Barth have extended the earlier traditions of the con man, whose game reveals some of the major continuities and ambivalences of American life. Gary H.

Lindberg () was Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. Cited by: About The Confidence Game “It’s a startling and disconcerting read that should make you think twice every time a friend of a friend offers you the opportunity of a lifetime.” —Erik Larson, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dead Wake and bestselling author of Devil in the White City Think you can’t get conned.

Think again. The New York Times bestselling author of Mastermind: How. The stories in “The Confidence Game” can feel a bit clipped and superficial. Konnikova dispenses with MacGregor’s crazy tale in just a few pages; I.

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Citation Information. The Confidence Game in American Literature. Princeton University Press. Pages: – ISBN (Online): DOI. Get this from a library. The Confidence Game in American Literature. [Warwick Wadlington] -- Drawing on modern studies of rhetoric and the concept of the Trickster, the author examines Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Nathanael West as creators of a fictive experience centered in deceptive.

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The Confidence Game asks not only why we believe con artists, but also examines the very act of believing and how our 4/5(6). Read Chapter 3 of The Confidence Man by Herman Melville. The text begins: IN WHICH A VARIETY OF CHARACTERS APPEAR.

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Aided by extensive research, The Confidence Game shows why those who believe they can never be conned are in fact, the easiest targets. There are two types of people who should read The Confidence Game: 1) those who believe they are far too savvy to ever fall for a con job, and 2) those who have found themselves the victim of a con artist.

Here's news for the first group: you're not just a. Insightful and gripping, the book brings listeners into the world of the con, examining the relationship between artist and victim. The Confidence Game not only asks why we believe con artists but also examines the very act of believing and how our sense of truth can be manipulated by those around us.

While the book is not a how-to for avoiding scams, understanding the In her book, The Confidence Game, she examines confidence games from the perspective of the con artist and the victims, not as a means of helping people avoid scams, but to show that almost anyone can, /5(3).

The Confidence Man by Herman Melville, a free text and ebook for easy online reading, study, and reference. While in college, a visiting professor recommended that I read The Confidence Man in my spare time. I don't know what he was thinking.

This is a book for an accomplished and determined reader with a lot of extra time on hand. The first three stories come from Maria Konnikova’s new book, The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It Every Time. The fourth one — well, the mark in that case was my husband, who was parted from his cash mere weeks before Konnikova’s intriguing book landed on my desk.

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So get hooked on and start relishing Confidence. The Confidence Game () reveals exactly how con artists can strike it rich by taking advantage of some major flaws in human out why people believe incredibly unlikely stories and ignore incriminating evidence, and discover how basic human trust and. Terminology.

Synonyms include con, confidence game, confidence scheme, ripoff, scam, and perpetrator of a confidence trick (or "con trick") is often referred to as a confidence (or "con") man, con-artist, or a "grifter".Samuel Thompson (–) was the original "confidence man".

Thompson was a clumsy swindler who asked his victims to express confidence in him by giving him. Travis McGee (published –) – a character in John D. MacDonald's series of detective novels, frequently uses con games or has them tried against him; Only When I Larf () – comic thriller by Len Deighton describing the activities of a team of three fictional confidence tricksters.

“Scamming,? also known as the “confidence game? and “swindling,? is the abuse of trust for profit. This type of exploitation is possible because of the willingness of people to place confidence in others, even in strangers.

We study the counterintuitive willingness to trust others and its abuse through the story of the original confidence man (“con man?), whose publicity influenced.At the peak of the "Great Dutch Tulip Mania of ," an event which is covered in The Confidence Game, the most desirable tulip bulbs commanded outrageous sums of money.

This floral-infatuation inflation led to the first recorded "economic bubble" – an overvalued and unsustainable market for a product – and was fueled by many of the same.Maria Konnikova is the author of Mastermind and The Confidence is a regular contributing writer for The New Yorker, and has written for the Atlantic, the New York Times, Slate, the New Republic, the Paris Review, the Wall Street Journal, Salon, the Boston Globe, the Scientific American MIND, WIRED, and graduated from Harvard University and received her Ph.D.

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