Mark Twain and the Colonel Book
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Mark Twain and the Colonel

  • Author : Philip McFarland
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2014-01-16
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 499
  • ISBN 10 : 9781442212275

Mark Twain and the Colonel Excerpt :

Presents a narrative history of the United States from 1890 to 1910, exploring such major themes as nationalism, racism, industrialization, and imperialism as reflected in the actions and writings of the era's two most famous figures.

Mark Twain Book

Mark Twain

  • Author : Jerome Loving
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2010-03-31
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 520
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520945494

Mark Twain Excerpt :

Mark Twain, who was often photographed with a cigar, once remarked that he came into the world looking for a light. In this new biography, published on the centennial of the writer’s death, Jerome Loving focuses on Mark Twain, humorist and quipster, and sheds new light on the wit, pathos, and tragedy of the author of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In brisk and compelling fashion, Loving follows Twain from Hannibal to Hawaii to the Holy Land, showing how the southerner transformed himself into a westerner and finally a New Englander. This re-examination of Twain’s life is informed by newly discovered archival materials that provide the most complex view of the man and writer to date.

Mark Twain and Human Nature Book

Mark Twain and Human Nature

  • Author : Tom Quirk
  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release Date : 2013-09-13
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9780826266217

Mark Twain and Human Nature Excerpt :

Mark Twain once claimed that he could read human character as well as he could read the Mississippi River, and he studied his fellow humans with the same devoted attention. In both his fiction and his nonfiction, he was disposed to dramatize how the human creature acts in a given environment—and to understand why. Now one of America’s preeminent Twain scholars takes a closer look at this icon’s abiding interest in his fellow creatures. In seeking to account for how Twain might have reasonably believed the things he said he believed, Tom Quirk has interwoven the author’s inner life with his writings to produce a meditation on how Twain’s understanding of human nature evolved and deepened, and to show that this was one of the central preoccupations of his life. Quirk charts the ways in which this humorist and occasional philosopher contemplated the subject of human nature from early adulthood until the end of his life, revealing how his outlook changed over the years. His travels, his readings in history and science, his political and social commitments, and his own pragmatic testing of human nature in his writing contributed to Twain’s mature view of his kind. Quirk establishes the social and scientific contexts that clarify Twain’s thinking, and he considers not only Twain’s stated intentions about his purposes in his published works but also his ad hoc remarks about the human condition. Viewing both major and minor works through the lens of Twain’s shifting attitude, Quirk provides refreshing new perspectives on the master’s oeuvre. He offers a detailed look at the travel writings, including The Innocents Abroad and Following the Equator, and the novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Pudd’nhead Wilson, as well as an important review of works from Twain’s last decade, including fantasies centering on man’s insignificance in Creation, works preoccupied with isolation—notably No. 44,The Mysterio

The Cambridge Companion to Mark Twain Book

The Cambridge Companion to Mark Twain

  • Author : Forrest G. Robinson
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 1995-05-26
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN 10 : 0521445930

The Cambridge Companion to Mark Twain Excerpt :

Accessible enough to interest new students as well as specialists, these essays examine Twain from a wide variety of critical perspectives. They include timely reflections by major critics on the hotly debated dynamics of race and slavery perceptible throughout his writing.

Mark Twain as a Literary Artist Book

Mark Twain as a Literary Artist

  • Author : Gladys Carmen Bellamy
  • Publisher : University of Oklahoma Press
  • Release Date : 2012-09-10
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 440
  • ISBN 10 : 9780806187648

Mark Twain as a Literary Artist Excerpt :

Mark Twain has been the subject of violent disagreement among critics. Most of them have believed that he was an “unconscious artist,” working by impulse. Mark Twain as a Literary Artist shows that Mark Twain was much more the conscious craftsman than is generally believed. Here is revealed Twain’s violent mental conflict, a logical dilemma, which forced much of his work into distorted patterns of thought and structure. Through years of practice he evolved methods to achieve detachment through techniques such as speaking through the lips of Huckleberry Finn or some other childlike person; placing satiric scenes far off in time or space; diminishing the human race to microscopic proportions so that its wrongs could be treated with detachment; and reducing life to a dream in which the greatest wrongs become tolerable because they seem unreal. Mark Twain as a Literary Artist is a mature, thorough, and revealing reassessment of the mind and methods of one of the most controversial figures in American literature.

The Mark Twain Encyclopedia Book

The Mark Twain Encyclopedia

  • Author : J. R. LeMaster
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 848
  • ISBN 10 : 082407212X

The Mark Twain Encyclopedia Excerpt :

A reference guide to the great American author (1835-1910) for students and general readers. The approximately 740 entries, arranged alphabetically, are essentially a collection of articles, ranging significantly in length and covering a variety of topics pertaining to Twain's life, intellectual milieu, literary career, and achievements. Because so much of Twain's writing reflects Samuel Clemens's personal experience, particular attention is given to the interface between art and life, i.e., between imaginative reconstructions and their factual sources of inspiration. Each entry is accompanied by a selective bibliography to guide readers to sources of additional information. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain Book
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The Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain

  • Author : J.R. LeMaster
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-05-13
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 888
  • ISBN 10 : 9781135881283

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain Excerpt :

"A model reference work that can be used with profit and delight by general readers as well as by more advanced students of Twain. Highly recommended." - Library Journal The Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain includes more than 700 alphabetically arranged entries that cover a full variety of topics on this major American writer's life, intellectual milieu, literary career, and achievements. Because so much of Twain's travel narratives, essays, letters, sketches, autobiography, journalism and fiction reflect his personal experience, particular attention is given to the delicate relationship between art and life, between artistic interpretations and their factual source. This comprehensive resource includes information on: Twain’s life and times: the author's childhood in Missouri and apprenticeship as a riverboat pilot, early career as a journalist in the West, world travels, friendships with well-known figures, reading and education, family life and career Complete Works: including novels, travel narratives, short stories, sketches, burlesques, and essays Significant characters, places, and landmarks Recurring concerns, themes or concepts: such as humor, language; race, war, religion, politics, imperialism, art and science Twain’s sources and influences. Useful for students, researchers, librarians and teachers, this volume features a chronology, a special appendix section tracking the poet's genealogy, and a thorough index. Each entry also includes a bibliography for further study.

A Companion to Mark Twain Book

A Companion to Mark Twain

  • Author : Peter Messent
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2015-06-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9781119117919

A Companion to Mark Twain Excerpt :

This broad-ranging companion brings together respected American and European critics and a number of up-and-coming scholars to provide an overview of Twain, his background, his writings, and his place in American literary history. One of the most broad-ranging volumes to appear on Mark Twain in recent years Brings together respected Twain critics and a number of younger scholars in the field to provide an overview of this central figure in American literature Places special emphasis on the ways in which Twain's works remain both relevant and important for a twenty-first century audience A concluding essay evaluates the changing landscape of Twain criticism

Mark Twain And The South Book

Mark Twain And The South

  • Author : Arthur G. Pettit
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2021-05-11
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813182766

Mark Twain And The South Excerpt :

The South was many things to Mark Twain: boyhood home, testing ground for manhood, and the principal source of creative inspiration. Although he left the South while a young man, seldom to return, it remained for him always a haunting presence, alternately loved and loathed. To follow his changing attitudes toward the South and its people is to observe the evolving opinions of many Americans during the era that bears the abusive name he gave it—the Gilded Age. This is the first book on a major yet largely ignored aspect of the private life of Samuel Clemens and one of the major themes in Mark Twain's writing from 1863 until his death. Mr. Pettit clearly demonstrates that Mark Twain's feelings on race and region moved in an intelligible direction. The son of a poor but proud slave-holding family in the border South, Samuel Clemens was a product of his time and place. His "retreat" in 1861 to the Nevada territory, a stronghold of Northern sentiment, resulted in a hasty shift to anti-Southern views, born more of social pressures than of a genuine change of heart. This shift became stronger after his move to New York in 1866. Yet the South continued to pull him emotionally, becoming in his tangled imagination both the mythical Eden of Tom Sawyer and the symbol of white racial guilt ultimately expressed in the paradoxical figure of Roxana in Pudd'nhead Wilson. At the same time, Mark Twain the humorist and jester to his age was slow to discard the racist jokes that were commonplace in his day. After his marriage into Eastern money and respectability, however, he gradually imposed a form of self-censorship that reflected his growing recognition of the horrors of white treatment of blacks. Mark Twain's return to the South in 1882 proved a deep disillusionment and a turning point in his thought and writings. The South was no longer Eden but Wasteland. The immediate results were Life on the Mississippi and Huckleberry Finn, both with strongly anti-Southern undercurrents. Ul

A Short Life of Mark Twain Book

A Short Life of Mark Twain

  • Author : Albert Bigelow Paine
  • Publisher : Wildside Press LLC
  • Release Date : 2008-10-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN 10 : 9781434477385

A Short Life of Mark Twain Excerpt :

A biography of Mark Twain written by a man who knew him in later life.

Mark Twain Book

Mark Twain

  • Author : Frederick Anderson
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Reference
  • Pages : 347
  • ISBN 10 : 0415159326

Mark Twain Excerpt :

Mark Twain (1835-1910). Leading American writer. Writings include: The Prince and the Pauper, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Mark Twain and Colonel Sellers Book

Mark Twain and Colonel Sellers

  • Author : John Peter Fox
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1962
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 140
  • ISBN 10 : OCLC:78148599

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Mark Twain s Library of Humour Book

Mark Twain s Library of Humour

  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1888
  • Genre: American wit and humor
  • Pages : 719
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105116263000

Mark Twain s Library of Humour Excerpt :

Mark Twain Book

Mark Twain

  • Author : Ron Powers
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-09-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 704
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847395993

Mark Twain Excerpt :

Twain's story is epic, comic and tragic. To retrace it all in illuminating detail, Powers draws on the tens of thousands of Twain's letters and on his astonishing journal entries - many of which are quoted here for the first time. Twain left Missouri for a life on the Mississippi during the golden age of steamboats, enjoyed an uproariously drunken newspaper career in the Nevada of the Wild West, and witnessed and joined the extremes of wealth and poverty of New York City and of the Gilded Age. Through it all he observed, borrowed, stole and combined the characters he met into the voice of America's greatest literature, attracting throngs of fans wherever his undying lust for wandering took him. From Twain's wicked satire to his relationships with the likes of Ulysses Grant, this is a brilliantly written story that astounds, amuses and edifies as only a great life can.

Mark Twain s Comedy Classics  190  Stories   Sketches  Illustrated Edition  Book

Mark Twain s Comedy Classics 190 Stories Sketches Illustrated Edition

  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : e-artnow
  • Release Date : 2017-07-21
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 3102
  • ISBN 10 : 9788026878193

Mark Twain s Comedy Classics 190 Stories Sketches Illustrated Edition Excerpt :

This grand collection of Mark Twain's short stories contains his famous humorous tales, children's stories, satires, and other sketches written in his recognizable witty style: The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County Aurelia's Unfortunate Young Man A Complaint about Correspondents, Dated in San Francisco Answers to Correspondents Among the Fenians The Story of the Bad Little Boy Who Didn't Come to Grief Curing a Cold An Inquiry about Insurances Literature in the Dry Diggings 'After' Jenkins Lucretia Smith's Soldier The Killing of Julius Caesar 'Localized' An Item which the Editor Himself could not Understand Among the Spirits Brief Biographical Sketch of George Washington A Touching Story of George Washington's Boyhood A Page from a Californian Almanac Information for the Million The Launch of the Steamer Capital Origin of Illustrious Men Advice for Good Little Girls Concerning Chambermaids Remarkable Instances of Presence of Mind Honored as a Curiosity in Honolulu The Steed 'Oahu' A Strange Dream Short and Singular Rations Mark Twain's Burlesque Autobiography and First Romance Burlesque Autobiography Awful, Terrible Medieval Romance Merry Tales The Private History of a Campaign That Failed The Invalid's Story Luck The Captain's Story A Curious Experience Mrs. Mc Williams and the Lightning Meisterschaft The £1,000,000 Bank Note and Other New Stories The Million Pound Bank Note Mental Telegraphy The Enemy Conquered About all Kinds of Ships Playing Courier The German Chicago A Petition to the Queen of England A Majestic Literary Fossil Sketches New and Old The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories The Curious Republic of Gondour and Other Whimsical Sketches Alonzo Fitz, and Other Stories Mark Twain's Library of Humor Other Stories Biography Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.