Mark T-W-A-I-N!: A Story about Samuel Clemens

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Covers the life of the famed nineteenth-century author from his childhood in Hannibal, Missouri, through his careers as journalist, riverboat pilot, soldier, prospector, and humorist.

Covers the life of the famed nineteenth-century author from his childhood in Hannibal, Missouri, through his careers as journalist, riverboat pilot, soldier, prospector, and humorist.

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Overview

Covers the life of the famed nineteenth-century author from his childhood in Hannibal, Missouri, through his careers as journalist, riverboat pilot, soldier, prospector, and humorist.

Covers the life of the famed nineteenth-century author from his childhood in Hannibal, Missouri, through his careers as journalist, riverboat pilot, soldier, prospector, and humorist.

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School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-Similar in content to Robert Quackenbush's Mark Twain? What Kind of Name Is That? (S.&S., 1984), this biography features short chapters and an attractive format. Collins's tone is admiring and familiar, consistently referring to Twain as ``Sam.'' The man's bad habits, financial losses, and personal bitterness in later life are mentioned, but the emphasis is on his successes and trademark sense of humor. The book's anecdotal style will appeal to readers, but the absence of documentation is an unfortunate weakness. Occasional direct quotations and the existence of a bibliography do not suffice, particularly since the author ascribes feelings and motives to Twain's actions. Nevertheless, the text provides an engaging, well-organized account of the writer's life, with stories about his childhood that allude to the autobiographical elements in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Carey's static pencil drawings are more formal in style than Quackenbush's cartoon illustrations. Although generally well written, Collins's title offers nothing substantially new on a subject easily researched elsewhere.-Sandy Kirkpatrick, Benicia Public Library, CA
Kay Weisman
Beginning with Clemens' boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri, Collins chronicles the life of the famous nineteenth-century American author and humorist. Collins recounts several childhood escapades (some of which later appeared in Clemens' writings), explains why he hated school (it bored him), and relates how declining family finances reached a crisis stage when Sam's father died. Clemens worked at a variety of jobs (from journalist to riverboat pilot to prospector) with mixed results. While acknowledging Clemens' superb talents as a writer and performer, the author concedes several character flaws that affected his success, including a hot temper, a poor business sense, and a weakness for drink and gambling. Although the intended audience will be too young to have read Clemens' works, this is a lively biography that may well draw readers to them. Illustrated with charcoal drawings and appended with a bibliography and a list of Clemens' writings, this will make an appealing addition to the biography shelf.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780613683623
  • Publisher: San Val
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Format: Library Binding

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