Mark Twain And The South Book

Mark Twain And The South


  • Author : Arthur G. Pettit
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2014-07-11
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813148786

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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. Mark Twain and the South was the first book on this major yet largely ignored aspect of the private life of Samuel Clemens and one of the major themes in his writing from 1863 until his death. Arthur G. Pettit clearly demonstrates that Mark Twain's feelings on race and region moved in an intelligible direction from the white Southern point of view he was exposed to in his youth to self-censorship, disillusionment, and, ultimately, a deeply pessimistic and sardonic outlook in which the dream of racial brotherhood was forever dead. Approaching his subject as a historian with a deep appreciation for literature, he bases his study on a wide variety of Mark Twain's published and unpublished works, including his notebooks, scrapbooks, and letters. An interesting feature of this illuminating work is an examination of Clemens's relations with the only two black men he knew well in his adult years.

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

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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

Mark Twain s Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn  The NewSouth Edition Book
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Mark Twain s Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn The NewSouth Edition


  • Author : Alan Gribben
  • Publisher : NewSouth Books
  • Release Date : 2011-01-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 521
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603060660

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Mark Twain s Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn The NewSouth Edition Excerpt :

In a radical departure from standard editions, Twain's most famous novels are published here as the continuous narrative that the author originally envisioned. More controversial will be the decision by the editor, noted Mark Twain scholar Alan Gribben, to eliminate the pejorative racial labels that Twain employed in his effort to write realistically about social attitudes of the 1840s. Gribben points out that dozens of other editions currently make available the inflammatory words, but their presence has gradually diminished the potential audience for two of Twain's masterpieces. "Both novels can be enjoyed deeply and authentically without those continual encounters with the hundreds of now-indefensible racial slurs," Gribben explains.

Mark Twain s Adventures of Tom Sawyer  The Newsouth Edition Book

Mark Twain s Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Newsouth Edition


  • Author : Alan Gribben
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2012-10
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 1603062335

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Mark Twain s Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Newsouth Edition Excerpt :

In a radical departure from standard editions, the coming-of-age story that introduces Mark Twain's two most enduring literary characters--Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn--is published here with its disturbing racial labels translated as "slave" and "Indian." Everything else is completely intact in a novel that Twain termed a "hymn to boyhood." Tom and Huck fish and swim in the Mississippi River, search for buried treasure, and hide in a haunted house. Around the edges of this idyllic boy-life, however, loom dangerous events in the fictional village of St. Petersburg: Tom and Huck witness a midnight murder in a graveyard, the killer escapes from the courtroom while Tom is testifying, and two sinister villains plot robbery and revenge against a wealthy widow. Readers can follow the boys' adventures without confronting the dozens of racial slurs that are available in other editions of the book. The editor supplies a historical and literary introduction as well as a guide to Twain's satirical targets.

Pudd nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins Book

Pudd nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : New York : Harper
  • Release Date : 1899
  • Genre: Conjoined twins
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : CHI:22520472

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Pudd nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins Excerpt :

Picture of life in a Missouri town and the adventures of an amateur detective.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Book

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-02-07
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 295
  • ISBN 10 : 9798706026370

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Excerpt :

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (often shortened to Huck Finn) is a novel written by American humorist Mark Twain. It is commonly used and accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It is also one of the first major American novels written using Local Color Regionalism, or vernacular, told in the first person by the eponymous Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer and hero of three other Mark Twain books.The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. By satirizing Southern antebellum society that was already a quarter-century in the past by the time of publication, the book is an often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism. The drifting journey of Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi River on their raft may be one of the most enduring images of escape and freedom in all of American literature.

The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain Book
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The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 9780486489230

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The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain Excerpt :

"Familiarity breeds contempt — and children." "When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear." "Heaven for climate. Hell for company." This attractive paperback gift edition of the renowned American humorist's epigrams and witticisms features hundreds of quips on life, love, history, culture, travel, and other topics from his fiction, essays, letters, and autobiography.

Mark Twain s Pudd nhead Wilson Book

Mark Twain s Pudd nhead Wilson


  • Author : Susan Gillman
  • Publisher : Duke University Press
  • Release Date : 1990-07-20
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 262
  • ISBN 10 : 0822310465

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Mark Twain s Pudd nhead Wilson Excerpt :

This collection seeks to place Pudd’nhead Wilson—a neglected, textually fragmented work of Mark Twain’s—in the context of contemporary critical approaches to literary studies. The editors’ introduction argues the virtues of using Pudd’nhead Wilson as a teaching text, a case study in many of the issues presently occupying literary criticism: issues of history and the uses of history, of canon formation, of textual problematics, and finally of race, class, and gender. In a variety of ways the essays build arguments out of, not in spite of, the anomalies, inconsistencies, and dead ends in the text itself. Such wrinkles and gaps, the authors find, are the symptoms of an inconclusive, even evasive, but culturally illuminating struggle to confront and resolve difficult questions bearing on race and sex. Such fresh, intellectually enriching perspectives on the novel arise directly from the broad-based interdisciplinary foundations provided by the participating scholars. Drawing on a wide variety of critical methodologies, the essays place the novel in ways that illuminate the world in which it was produced and that further promise to stimulate further study. Contributors. Michael Cowan, James M. Cox, Susan Gillman, Myra Jehlen, Wilson Carey McWilliams, George E. Marcus, Carolyn Porter, Forrest Robinson, Michael Rogin, John Carlos Rowe, John Schaar, Eric Sundquist

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

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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.

Mark Twain s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  The Original Text Edition Book

Mark Twain s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Original Text Edition


  • Author : Alan Gribben
  • Publisher : NewSouth Books
  • Release Date : 2012-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603062428

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Mark Twain s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Original Text Edition Excerpt :

Perennially listed among the classics of American literature, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885) broke new ground by allowing a teenage boy to narrate his own story. The son of a cruel town drunkard, Huck Finn vividly describes his friendship with Tom Sawyer, his resolve to run away from his abusive father, and his decision to join a runaway slave named Jim in a search for freedom. Jim and Huck’s days and nights on a raft floating down the Mississippi River form one of the most evocative stories of interracial bonding ever written, and the bizarre characters they encounter in their journey are memorably sketched. Though comical in places, ultimately the book warns about the price of immoral social conformity. Editor Alan Gribben explains the historical and literary context of Twain’s novel and vigorously defends it against the many critics who fault its language, relationships, and conclusion. Gribben also supplies a helpful guide to Twain’s satirical targets. This Original Text Edition faithfully follows the wording of the first edition.

Mark Twain as Critic Book

Mark Twain as Critic


  • Author : Sydney J. Krause
  • Publisher : JHU Press
  • Release Date : 2019-12-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 322
  • ISBN 10 : 9781421434575

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Mark Twain as Critic Excerpt :

The evidence presented in this book challenges the view that Twain was not a serious student of the craft of writing; he possessed the combination of sensitivity and judgment that all great critics have.

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

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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 Book

Mark Twain


  • Author : Stuart Hutchinson
  • Publisher : Rodopi
  • Release Date : 1994
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 135
  • ISBN 10 : 9051835779

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Mark Twain Excerpt :

This book explores Twain's major writings as they address the New World and the Old, race, slavery, imperialism, the possibility of American literary form and the limits of humour. Twain's humour is an expression of the pleasure and fun of life, but it is also a response to ultimate contradictions and losses. It is particularly American in that it rarely points to harmonies that might actually be enjoyed beyond itself. It is the humour of someone always on the move if not on the run. The absence of any destination in Twain, other than the ultimate one of death, is why his work is so formally unsettled. There is no point of clarification where author, narrator and readers can be expected to arrive together. Texts treated in this book include The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi, The Gilded Age, A Connecticut Yankee, Pudd'nhead Wilson, Following the Equator, The Mysterious Stranger,and several short pieces.

Southern Selves Book

Southern Selves


  • Author : James Watkins
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2007-12-18
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 9780307427908

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Southern Selves Excerpt :

The memoirist seek to capture not just a self but an entire world, and in this marvelous anthology thirty-one of the South's finest writers—writers like Kaye Gibbons and Reynolds Price, Eudora Welty and Harry Crews, Richard Wright and Dorothy Allison—make their intensely personal contributions to a vibrant collective picture of southern life. In the hands of these superb artists, the South's rich tradition of storytelling is brilliantly revealed. Whether slave or master, intellectual or "redneck," each voice in this moving and unforgettable collection is proof that southern literature richly deserves its reputation for irreverent humor, exquisite language, a feeling for place, and an undying, often heartbreaking sense of the past.

A Tramp Abroad Book
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A Tramp Abroad


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1880
  • Genre: Europe
  • Pages : 631
  • ISBN 10 : MINN:31951D00527694M

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A Tramp Abroad Excerpt :

Successor to Twain's first collection of travel memoirs takes a second look at Europe. In "A Tramp Abroad," Twain's abundant humor waxes as freely as ever; this time, however, his amusement bears a more cynical cast, as he regards the grand tourist sights of Innocents through his now older and more experienced eyes.