Saturday, July 7, 2012

Herman Melville - The Confidence-Man

Tomorrow: If on a Winter's Night a Traveler discussion will ensue.  I really enjoyed this one, especially as a compliment to Pale Fire, with both books being very entertaining investigations on writing, art, love, obsession, etc etc...  See ya at 7 PM!

Next month: Vincent's choice, Herman Melville's The Confidence-Man, a book which should prove to be quite different from the reputation wrought by Moby Dick and/or Billy Budd, or so I've been told.  I'm eager to indulge as usual, should be a good read.  Discussion is on August 12th at 7 PM.

Herman Melville's The Confindence-Man: His Masquerade was the tenth, last, and most perplexing book of his decade as a professional man of letters. After it he gave up his ambitious effort to write works that would be both popular and profound and turned to poetry. The book was published on April 1--the very day of its title character's April Fools' Day masquerade on a Mississippi River Steamboat.