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I find interesting reading old novels about cheaters and conmen. Does anyone know what is the earliest stories in literature about cheaters, conmen and/or gamblers. I read recently "Queen of Spades" by Pushkin and "The Gamblers" by Gogol, they only date back to 1850s. I know there something far prior to that, just wanted find out what.

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"Historia de la vida del Buscón llamado don Pablos" 1603.
But was before too. Problem in level of language. More earlier not literature but most moral stories...

BTW. This year come new movie "Russian Game" by unfinished novel of Gogol.
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On 2007-11-09 23:59, Stepanov wrote:
"Historia de la vida del Buscón llamado don Pablos" 1603.
But was before too. Problem in level of language. More earlier not literature but most moral stories...

BTW. This year come new movie "Russian Game" by unfinished novel of Gogol.
Thanks. I watched "Rusian Game" already. It is good. It is based on "The Gamblers".
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I do not like this movie. Someone from MKF (looks like Zhabin) made moderh flourishes. It was not such moves 150 years ago.
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True, but story is good.
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"russian game"? when and where has been released this movie? I can hardly find any kind of information about it...
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It was released recently(2007) in Russia. Original name is "Русская игра".
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Pavloter, with the original name I was able to find a trailer Smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3HbO0FPskQ

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Try Chaucer's, "The Pardoner's Tale". About three gamblers who try and scam each other... and cheat Death.

And the teller of the tale, the Pardoner, is one of the all-time great, sleazy scam artists in literature. Unfortunately (for him) he boasts too much and gets his comeuppance.
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Girolamo Cardano wrote about cheating at cards in the 1500's. Walker did the same not too long before or after.

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I know that Girolamo Cardano was an Italian mathematician who was the first to write books on mathematics and probability applied to chance and card games but I didn't know he wrote any kind of book related to cheating at cards.
CC, are you referring to "Liber de Ludo Aleae" ?
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More video from "Russian Game"
http://www.kino-teatr.ru/video/17/
Some of flourishes Popov's standard. But hands not belong to him.
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I am not sure of the title of that book right now. It's on the tip of my tongue, but I can't remember exactly.

Nor was I implying that this man penned anything solely related to cheating at cards. The book was on games of chance, which naturally led to the topic of cheating. From what I remember of it, it's a good read.

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