|Nashville Patriot - May 9, 1857|
THE CONFIDENCE-MAN; His Masquerade. By HERMAN MELVILLE, author of 'Piazza Tales,' 'Omoo,' 'Typee,' etc. New York: Dix, Edwards & Co.As indicated on the masthead, The Nashville Patriot was then edited by William Henry Smith and Ira P. Jones.
The announcement of a new book from the pen of Herman Melville, is sufficient to attract attention. To those who have read Typee, and Omoo, no book authorized by Melville, can escape a reading. The subject of this work the "Confidence-man" is somewhat out of his usual vein. The scenes are taken from aboard a Mississippi steamer, and includes men and things as they occur and appear between St. Louis and New Orleans. It preserves a fine interest throughout.