The Confidence-Man
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Dover Publications, 2017.
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Herman Melville., & Herman Melville|AUTHOR. (2017). The Confidence-Man . Dover Publications.

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Herman Melville and Herman Melville|AUTHOR. 2017. The Confidence-Man. Dover Publications.

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Herman Melville and Herman Melville|AUTHOR. The Confidence-Man Dover Publications, 2017.

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Herman Melville, and Herman Melville|AUTHOR. The Confidence-Man Dover Publications, 2017.

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Full titleconfidence man his masquerade
Authormelville herman
Grouping Categorybook
Last Update2021-10-14 11:24:42AM
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