King Leopold's Soliloquy (UNO Press Edition)

King Leopold's Soliloquy (UNO Press Edition)

by Mark Twain
     
 
In Mark Twain's satire, a raving King Leopold of Belgium launches an impassioned defense of his gruesome policies in Africa, claiming his divine right to brutalize the Congolese people. A scathing condemnation of imperialism and the violence that it incites, Twain's words retain all of their vitriol over a century later. For years this remarkable work, which lead the

Overview

In Mark Twain's satire, a raving King Leopold of Belgium launches an impassioned defense of his gruesome policies in Africa, claiming his divine right to brutalize the Congolese people. A scathing condemnation of imperialism and the violence that it incites, Twain's words retain all of their vitriol over a century later. For years this remarkable work, which lead the first international campaign for human rights, has only been reproduced in low-quality facsimile. Using the original 1905 release, The University of New Orleans Press has restored the manuscript with new typesetting and archival photographs. In a new introduction, Dr. Hunt Hawkins provides crucial insight into Twain's mindset as he pushes for social reform. Although Twain likely never knew the impact of his campaign, King Leopold's Soliloquy remains a hallmark of anti-imperialist rhetoric and a testament to the power of Twain's words.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608011186
Publisher:
University of New Orleans Publishing
Publication date:
01/20/2016
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
1,310,611
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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Meet the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist noted for the novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (which has been called "The Great American Novel") and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among many other books. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and he spent time as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before finding fame as a writer.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 30, 1835
Date of Death:
April 21, 1910
Place of Birth:
Florida, Missouri
Place of Death:
Redding, Connecticut

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