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Overview

Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens), a former printer's apprentice, journalist, steamboat pilot, and miner, remains to this day one of the most enduring and beloved of America's great writers. Combining cultural criticism with historical scholarship, A Historical Guide to Mark Twain addresses a wide range of topics relevant to Twain's work, including religion, commerce, race, gender, social class, and imperialism. Like all of the Historical Guides to American Authors, this volume includes an introduction, a brief biography, a bibliographic essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's life and times.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195132939
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Historical Guides to American Authors Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelley Fisher Fishkin is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the editor of The Oxford Mark Twain and author of Was Huck Black? (OUP) and Lighting Out for the Territory (OUP).

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Table of Contents

Introduction 3
Mark Twain, 1835-1910: A Brief Biography 13
"A Moralist in Disguise": Mark Twain and American Religion 55
A Republican Artisan in the Court of King Capital: Mark Twain and Commerce 95
Mark Twain and Race 127
Mark Twain and Gender 163
Mark Twain and Social Class 195
Mark Twain and Imperialism 227
Illustrated Chronology 257
Bibliographical Essay 279
Contributors 299
Index 303
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