False Formosan - George Psalmanazar and the Eighteenth-Century Experiment of Identity

Author: Swiderski, Richard
Year:1991
Pages:280
ISBN:0-7734-9858-3
978-0-7734-9858-7
Price:199.95
A major reconsideration of the Assyrian Christian scholar and confidence man George Psalmanazar who dazzled eighteenth-century London in the disguise of a Chinese savant. Swiderski explores the fabulism and credulity of the time as well as analyzing the scientific curiosity aroused by Psalmanazar's writings.