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Welcome sign in sign up. Now reprinted after a shamefully long hiatus, The Big Con by David Maurer is, like its subjects, crowned with many hats. Its origins are in linguistics; it is nominally a work of criminology; it has blood ties to folklore; it falls within the scope of Americana; it serves up a parcel of social history; and of course it is a robust and spring-heeled piece of literature.

Swindling is a literary subject that must go back to Egyptian and Mesopotamian antecedents, certainly to Reynard the Fox by way of the Elizabethan coney-catchers and the Spanish picaresque. In American culture it looms as one of the major themes, along with self-invention and going on the lam, which are not unrelated.

Edgar Allan Poe put it conclusively:. A crow thieves; a fox cheats; a weasel outwits; a man diddles. To diddle is his destiny. But not so:—he was made to diddle. This is his aim—his object—his end. The Big Con can also be considered a piece of art criticism, since it is not just any taxonomy of styles in diddling, but a refined appreciation of the high swindle, the confidence game in its Augustan age.

David Maurer was a linguist, eventually professor emeritus of linguistics at the University of Louisville. He was one of the editors of H. His correspondents included fellow language addicts such as S. Perelman, and an enormous number of denizens of the underworld, both behind bars and at large. Maurer, as this book will amply demonstrate, earned the intimate confidence of many vulnerable and closemouthed miscreants, people who would not have opened up to journalists.

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Facebook Twitter RSS. Edgar Allan Poe put it conclusively: A crow thieves; a fox cheats; a weasel outwits; a man diddles.

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David Warren Maurer April 12, — June 11, was a professor of linguistics at the University of Louisville from to , and an author of numerous studies of the language of the American underworld. He spent much of his academic career studying the language of criminals, drug addicts, and other marginal subcultures. The lawsuit was settled out of court in He died on his farm outside Louisville from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The Big Con [2] is Maurer's most popular and perhaps most important book.

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Welcome sign in sign up. Now reprinted after a shamefully long hiatus, The Big Con by David Maurer is, like its subjects, crowned with many hats. Its origins are in linguistics; it is nominally a work of criminology; it has blood ties to folklore; it falls within the scope of Americana; it serves up a parcel of social history; and of course it is a robust and spring-heeled piece of literature. Swindling is a literary subject that must go back to Egyptian and Mesopotamian antecedents, certainly to Reynard the Fox by way of the Elizabethan coney-catchers and the Spanish picaresque. In American culture it looms as one of the major themes, along with self-invention and going on the lam, which are not unrelated. Edgar Allan Poe put it conclusively:.

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