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Dennis DrabelleIn the wake of two excellent Twain biographies published in the aughts—Ron Powers's Mark Twain: A Life and Fred Kaplan's The Singular Mark Twain—Jerome Loving had a lot of nerve to undertake yet another. But Loving's Mark Twain not only holds its own with those predecessors; in some ways, it surpasses them. Concision is one such way. Whereas both Powers and Kaplan take over 600 pages to bag their man, Loving gets the job done in under 500. Never losing sight of the main reason we want to read about Twain—his literary genius—Loving brings some unjustly neglected works to the reader's attention.
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