Mark Twain Made Me Do It and Other Plains Adventures

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Mark Twain Made Me Do It and Other Plains Adventures is a collection of humorous essays portraying western Nebraska life and culture of the 1950s. Anecdotes on small-town baseball and the polio epidemic of 1952 provide a historic backdrop to the story of a wide-eyed boy exploring the limits of his universe.
 
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Mark Twain Made Me Do It and Other Plains Adventures is a collection of humorous essays portraying western Nebraska life and culture of the 1950s. Anecdotes on small-town baseball and the polio epidemic of 1952 provide a historic backdrop to the story of a wide-eyed boy exploring the limits of his universe.
 
The adventures of a Twain-inspired raft trip down the South Platte and Sputnik-inspired homemade rockets mirror a society of seemingly settled lifestyles and frenzied technological advances. Family travels, holidays with Grandpa and Grandma, and marvelous creations like his sister’s stories of Susabelle and the magic Band-Aids weave a splendid tale. But Jones’s world is not one of sentimental nostalgia; running battles with town bullies, sobering encounters with religious buffoons, and an impressive collection of pedagogues specializing in violent corporal punishment capture the earthy essence of a world now largely disappeared.
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Editorial Reviews

William Kloefkorn
"I flat admire Bryan L. Jones's Mark Twain Made Me Do It-not only because it dramatizes a truckload of boyhood epiphanies, but also because it does the dramatizing with a flair and an attitude worthy of Twain himself."

-William Kloefkorn

Linda Hasselstrom
"Jones mixes humor characteristic of the plains society with a dash of wisdom, a pinch of the history of farming (of which most modern folks are woefully ignorant), and hefty insight into, and charity toward, human nature."

-Linda Hasselstrom

Noel Perrin
"Jones succeeds in making Nebraska in the 1950s seem exotic, even fascinating, definitely worth hearing about."

-Noel Perrin

William Kloefkorn

“I flat admire Bryan L. Jones’s Mark Twain Made Me Do It—not only because it dramatizes a truckload of boyhood epiphanies, but also because it does the dramatizing with a flair and an attitude worthy of Twain himself.”—William Kloefkorn
Linda Hasselstrom

"Jones mixes humor characteristic of the plains society with a dash of wisdom, a pinch of the history of farming (of which most modern folks are woefully ignorant), and hefty insight into, and charity toward, human nature."—Linda Hasselstrom
Noel Perrin

“Jones succeeds in making Nebraska in the 1950s seem exotic, even fascinating, definitely worth hearing about.”—Noel Perrin
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In recent years the premature memoir of the young or floundering writer has established itself as a fledgling genre. While many of these hasty autobiographies seem of scant interest to anyone except the most dedicated literary groupie, Jones (The Farming Game) offers a collection of essays that recalls the youthful credulity of America in the '50s as much as it does his often hilarious, Huckleberry Finn-inspired misadventures. The son of a Methodist minister, Jones progresses from a four-year-old concocting gurgling chemical experiments in the parsonage's upstairs toilet ("Pot Roast Every Sunday") to a high-schooler recounting offbeat church legends at a typical '50s holiday get-together ("The Clan"). Over the course of these essays, Jones comes of age, which means he settles into living inside narratives he understands are larger than his own ("Polio," "Growing Up Methodist"). Though Mark Twain's two shortest essays-"Heading West" and "Back to the Basics"-prove transitional and a little sentimental, Jones's prose remains clear and energetic throughout. He's careful, as well, not to fall victim to cheap nostalgia. Leave it to a junior-high-school writing teacher living in McCook, Nebraska, to figure out how to get around that hazard. (Mar.)
Library Journal
These are the fond reminiscences of a boyhood in small-town Nebraska in the early 1950s. It is a rambunctious life, la Tom and Huck, with Jones, the son of a Methodist minister, bolstering the stereotype of the preacher's kid as hell-raiser. Jones's charm lies in his ability to recount events from the perspective of a child with the droll humor of an adult "The Reverend Bat C. Henry, he of the middle-aged shining head and ferocious windpipe, wrote the book on gasbags". He also keeps his account relentlessly upbeat even in the presence of polio epidemics and teacher brutality. Still, his work occasionally seems like a marathon session of Dennis the Menace reruns. Recommended for regional collections.-Jim G. Burns, Ottumwa, Iowa
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803275928
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.49 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author


Bryan L. Jones teaches reading at McCook Junior High School in McCook, Nebraska. He is the author of The Farming Game (Nebraska 1982).
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Table of Contents

Pot Roast Every Sunday 1
Bloomers Eldon 5
Heading West 36
Indian Charlie 41
Hall of Science 53
Baseball 69
Mark Twain Made Me Do It 82
Jackrabbit Vincent 110
Back to the Basics 115
Growing Up Methodist 120
Polio 155
The Clan 174
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