The Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain Book

The Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain


  • Author : J. R. LeMaster
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2011
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 848
  • ISBN 10 : 9780415890588

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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.

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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.

The Life of Mark Twain Book

The Life of Mark Twain


  • Author : Gary Scharnhorst
  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release Date : 2019-05-30
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 802
  • ISBN 10 : 9780826274304

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The second volume of Gary Scharnhorst’s three-volume biography chronicles the life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens between his move with his family from Buffalo to Elmira (and then Hartford) in spring 1871 and their departure from Hartford for Europe in mid-1891. During this time he wrote and published some of his best-known works, including Roughing It, The Gilded Age, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Tramp Abroad, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi,Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Significant events include his trips to England (1872–73) and Bermuda (1877); the controversy over his Whittier Birthday Speech in December 1877; his 1878–79 Wanderjahr on the continent; his 1882 tour of the Mississippi valley; his 1884–85 reading tour with George Washington Cable; his relationships with his publishers (Elisha Bliss, James R. Osgood, Andrew Chatto, and Charles L. Webster); the death of his son, Langdon, and the births and childhoods of his daughters Susy, Clara, and Jean; as well as the several lawsuits and personal feuds in which he was involved. During these years, too, Clemens expressed his views on racial and gender equality and turned to political mugwumpery; supported the presidential campaigns of Grover Cleveland; advocated for labor rights, international copyright, and revolution in Russia; founded his own publishing firm; and befriended former president Ulysses S. Grant, supervising the publication of Grant’s Memoirs. The Life of Mark Twain is the first multi-volume biography of Samuel Clemens to appear in more than a century and has already been hailed as the definitive Twain biography.

Mark Twain   France Book

Mark Twain France


  • Author : Paula Harrington
  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release Date : 2017-07-31
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 241
  • ISBN 10 : 9780826273772

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Mark Twain France Excerpt :

Blending cultural history, biography, and literary criticism, this book explores how one of America's greatest icons used the French to help build a new sense of what it is to be “American” in the second half of the nineteenth century. While critics have generally dismissed Mark Twain’s relationship with France as hostile, Harrington and Jenn see Twain’s use of the French as a foil to help construct his identity as “the representative American.” Examining new materials that detail his Montmatre study, the carte de visite album, and a chronology of his visits to France, the book offers close readings of writings that have been largely ignored, such as The Innocents Adrift manuscript and the unpublished chapters of A Tramp Abroad, combining literary analysis, socio-historical context and biographical research.

Mark Twain and Money Book

Mark Twain and Money


  • Author : Henry B. Wonham
  • Publisher : University of Alabama Press
  • Release Date : 2017-08-15
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 271
  • ISBN 10 : 9780817319441

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Mark Twain and Money Excerpt :

Explores the importance of economics and prosperity throughout Samuel Clemens's writing and personal life

Mark Twain s Mississippi River Book

Mark Twain s Mississippi River


  • Author : R. Kent Rasmussen
  • Publisher : Voyageur Press (MN)
  • Release Date : 2014-12-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9780760345504

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Mark Twain s Mississippi River Excerpt :

"An illustrated history of the Mississippi River in Mark Twain's life and works. Includes sketches from early editions of Twain's classics, and full-color paintings, postcards, photographs, and maps"--

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 : NewSouth Books
  • Release Date : 2012-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 186
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603062343

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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.

Mark Twain s Adventures of Tom Sawyer  The Original Text Edition Book

Mark Twain s Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Original Text Edition


  • Author : Alan Gribben
  • Publisher : NewSouth Books
  • Release Date : 2012-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 183
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603062404

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Mark Twain s Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Original Text Edition Excerpt :

This coming-of-age story captures a vanished world of outdoor action and introduces Mark Twain’s two most enduring literary characters, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. 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. Tom Sawyer falls for pretty Becky Thatcher, tricks his pals into painting a fence for him, and stages an elaborate prank on the schoolmaster. 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, Tom and Becky become lost in a labyrinthine cave, and two sinister villains plot robbery and revenge against a wealthy widow. This Original Text Edition faithfully follows the wording of the first edition, and the editor supplies a historical and literary introduction as well as a guide to Twain’s satirical targets

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

Mark Twain s Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn The Original Text Edition


  • Author : Alan Gribben
  • Publisher : NewSouth Books
  • Release Date : 2012-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 428
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603062381

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

Mark Twain’s two most famous novels are published here as the continuous narrative that he originally envisioned. Twain started writing Adventures of Huckleberry Finn soon after finishing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), but difficulties with the sequel took him eight years to resolve. Consequently his contemporary readers failed to view the volumes as the companion books he had intended. In the twentieth century, publishers, librarians, and academics continued to separate the two titles, with the result that they are seldom read sequentially even though they feature many of the same characters and their narratives open in the identical Mississippi River village, St. Petersburg. This Original Text Edition brings the stories back together and faithfully follows the wording of the first editions.

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 s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  The NewSouth Edition Book

Mark Twain s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The NewSouth Edition


  • Author : Alan Gribben
  • Publisher : NewSouth Books
  • Release Date : 2012-10-01
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 258
  • ISBN 10 : 9781603062367

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

In a radical departure from standard editions, Mark Twain’s most famous novel is published here with one disturbing racial label translated as “slave.” In seeking to record accurately the speech of uneducated boys and adults along the Mississippi River in the 1840s, Twain casually included an epithet that is diminishing the potential audience for his masterpiece. While dozens of other editions preserve the inflammatory slur that the author employed for the sake of realism, the NewSouth Edition proves that the main point of Twain’s masterpiece—the immense harm deriving from inhumane social conformity—comes through just as vibrantly without obliging readers to confront hundreds of insulting racial pejoratives. The editor’s Introduction supplies the historical and literary context for Twain’s groundbreaking book, along with a helpful guide to his satirical targets.

The Theory and Practice of Reception Study Book

The Theory and Practice of Reception Study


  • Author : Philip Goldstein
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2022-04-26
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000567557

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The Theory and Practice of Reception Study Excerpt :

This book examines novels of Faulkner and Morrison as well as Mark Twain and Ralph Ellison in order to show that their works forcefully undermine the racial and sexual divisions characterizing both the South and contemporary culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Moreover, the book discusses theories of reader-response and reception study and elaborates a theory of reception study based on the historical or "archeological" methods of Michel Foucault. As a consequence, unlike most studies of American literature, which discuss its historical contexts or prescribe its readers’ responses, this book explains the reception of these works, including the academic criticism and reviews and, because the internet exerts immense influence in the twenty-first century, the on-line responses of ordinary readers. Unlike most reception studies, this book examines the institutional contexts of the readers’ responses.

American Claimants Book

American Claimants


  • Author : Sarah Meer
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-05-14
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 280
  • ISBN 10 : 9780192540614

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American Claimants Excerpt :

This book recovers a major nineteenth-century literary figure, the American Claimant. For over a century, claimants offered a compelling way to understand cultural difference across the Anglophone Atlantic, especially between Britain and the United States. They also formed a political talisman, invoked against slavery and segregation, or privileges of gender and class. Later, claimants were exported to South Africa, becoming the fictional form for explaining black students who acquired American degrees. American Claimants traces the figure back to lost-heir romance, and explores its uses. These encompassed real, imagined, and textual ideas of inheritance, for writers and editors, and also for missionaries, artists, and students. The claimant dramatized tensions between tradition and change, or questions of exclusion and power: it offered ways of seeing activism, education, sculpture, and dress. The premise for dozens of novels and plays, a trope, a joke, even the basis for real claims: claimants matter in theatre history and periodical studies, they touch on literary marketing and reprinting, and they illuminate some unexpected texts. These range from Our American Cousin to Bleak House, Little Lord Fauntleroy to Frederick Douglass' Paper; writers discussed include Frances Trollope, Julia Griffiths, Alexander Crummell, John Dube, James McCune Smith, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Mark Twain. The focus on claimants yields remarkable finds: new faces, fresh angles, a lost column, and a forgotten theatrical genre. It reveals the pervasiveness of this form, and its centrality in imagining cultural contact and exchange.

Christian Muslim Relations  A Bibliographical History Volume 16 North America  South East Asia  China  Japan  and Australasia  1800 1914  Book

Christian Muslim Relations A Bibliographical History Volume 16 North America South East Asia China Japan and Australasia 1800 1914


  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : BRILL
  • Release Date : 2020-06-29
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 844
  • ISBN 10 : 9789004429901

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Christian Muslim Relations A Bibliographical History Volume 16 North America South East Asia China Japan and Australasia 1800 1914 Excerpt :

Christian-Muslim Relations. A Bibliographical History 16 is about relations between the two faiths in North America, South-East Asia, China, Japan and Australasia from 1800 to 1914. It gives descriptions, assessments and bibliographical details of all known works from this period.

Belligerent Muse Book

Belligerent Muse


  • Author : Stephen Cushman
  • Publisher : UNC Press Books
  • Release Date : 2014-10-13
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 232
  • ISBN 10 : 9781469618784

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War destroys, but it also inspires, stimulates, and creates. It is, in this way, a muse, and a powerful one at that. The American Civil War was a particularly prolific muse--unleashing with its violent realities a torrent of language, from soldiers' intimate letters and diaries to everyday newspaper accounts, great speeches, and enduring literary works. In Belligerent Muse, Stephen Cushman considers the Civil War writings of five of the most significant and best known narrators of the conflict: Abraham Lincoln, Walt Whitman, William Tecumseh Sherman, Ambrose Bierce, and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. Considering their writings both as literary expressions and as efforts to record the rigors of the war, Cushman analyzes their narratives and the aesthetics underlying them to offer a richer understanding of how Civil War writing chronicled the events of the conflict as they unfolded and then served to frame the memory of the war afterward. Elegantly interweaving military and literary history, Cushman uses some of the war's most famous writers and their works to explore the profound ways in which our nation's great conflict not only changed the lives of its combatants and chroniclers but also fundamentally transformed American letters.