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Mark Twain
     

Mark Twain

by Marlene Vallin
 

How did Mark Twain develop his remarkable oral style of writing which was so carefully crafted? And what can we learn about nineteenth-century America from the public speeches of this humorist and teacher who charmed his country and exported his notions of Americanism around the world? This is the very first book-length critical analysis to deal exclusively with

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How did Mark Twain develop his remarkable oral style of writing which was so carefully crafted? And what can we learn about nineteenth-century America from the public speeches of this humorist and teacher who charmed his country and exported his notions of Americanism around the world? This is the very first book-length critical analysis to deal exclusively with Twain's oratory. Another reference volume in the Great American Orators Series, it is designed for students, teachers, and professionals in the fields of speech communication and American studies.

The volume, bringing Mark Twain again to the center stage, opens with an assessment of Twain as a great American orator and then appraises his rhetoric, lectures, occasional speeches, and summarizes his impact on his listeners. Professor Vallin shows how he used humor, varying styles of satire to attack Victorian hegemony and to exalt the common man, and how he emerged as the Representative American. He used vernacular expressions to bridge different sections of the country and spoke hundreds of times to thousands of listeners on a wide variety of topics, giving both simple talks and well-planned addresses. Sixteen selected speeches exemplify his eloquent and varied styles as a communicator. The volume also provides a chronology, a bibliographical essay that is a definitive one on Mark Twain as a public speaker, and a general index.

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Booknews
An analysis of Twain's public speaking, which, in his own time, was at least as important as his writing in making him a spokesman for a particular vision of America, both in the country and around the world. Considers his rhetoric, lectures, occasional speeches, and the impact they all had on his audience. Includes the text of 16 exemplary speeches. Vallin (speech communications and American studies, Pennsylvania State U.) seems not to have consulted anyone who has actually performed the material. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313273537
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/1992
Series:
Great American Orators Series , #18
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1220L (what's this?)

Meet the Author

MARLENE BOYD VALLIN is Associate Professor of Speech Communication and American Studies at Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus. She has published articles on public speaking, interpersonal and group communication, and performance studies in a variety of professional journals.

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