Mark Twain

Mark Twain

The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens

Book - 2010
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In the latest volume for the centennial of Twain's death, Loving (Walt Whitman: Song of Himself) serves up a balanced literary biography of a crowded life—to renew our acquaintance with this familiar stranger in our literature and culture. Many of the best chapters include sensitive appraisals of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, and the anonymously published Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer put in a different context as possibly the most overrated work of American fiction when considered as adult literature. In fact, this Mark Twain flows with the easy familiarity of a scholar who has spent a lifetime tracking 19th-century American literature. Of certain interest is the discussion, at various points, of Twain's complex views on blacks and slavery, Native Americans, the Chinese, and—particularly from the standpoint of his home in fin-de-siècle Vienna—on Jews. If this biography of Clemens's many adventures fails to delve psychologically into the writer's family and other relationships, it is a solid contribution to literary interpretation of the man who infused American literature with what has been called tragic laughter. 37 b&w photos. --From publisher description.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010
ISBN: 9780520252578
Branch Call Number: 818.409 TWAIN
Characteristics: xxiii, 491 p., 32 p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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