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Thesis (M.A.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1958. Department of English.
It is the purpose of this thesis to analyze Melville’s concept of the confidence man as that concept appears in The Confidence-Man: His Masquerade and to trace the concept through the other full-length prose works and Clarel. I have chosen for the sake of clarity to approach the problem more or less deductively, beginning with a detailed analysis of The Confience-Man and the predominant traits and guises of its title character, and proceeding from this analysis to an investigation of the confidence-man theme as it is contained in the other works according to their chronological order.
Advisor: James E. Miller, Jr.