Mark Twain: The Essential Reference to His Life and Writings

Mark Twain: The Essential Reference to His Life and Writings

by R. Kent Rasmussen
     
 

Until now, tracking down information on Mark Twain's complex life and numerous works was a time-consuming and arduous process. No longer, now that R. Kent Rasmussen has undertaken the herculean task of writing and compiling Mark Twin A to Z-- a comp-rehensive, single-volume reference to this great American writer's live and times.  See more details below

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Until now, tracking down information on Mark Twain's complex life and numerous works was a time-consuming and arduous process. No longer, now that R. Kent Rasmussen has undertaken the herculean task of writing and compiling Mark Twin A to Z-- a comp-rehensive, single-volume reference to this great American writer's live and times.

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"Magisterial....Extraordinary....Unprecedented in its reach and scope....A landmark work of scholarship that is also, remarkably, a pleasure to read."--Shelley Fisher Fishkin, general editor of the forthcoming series The Oxford Mark Twain

"Provides...thorough coverage of specific works and of both fictional and real people and places. The twenty-one-page index is remarkable for its degree of detail and its precision."--Books Bulletin

Library Journal
Amazingly a one-man work, this unobtrusively cross-referenced encyclopedia of Twainiana focuses not on the whys and hows but rather on the myriad whos, whats, and whens of Twain's life. From three lines to several pages, each detail-packed entry is a comprehensive piece of a prodigious life. Readers who want to know the origin of the term blatherskite (and precisely where Twain uses it in his fiction) or need a synopsis of every chapter in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (and its background and publication history) will find it here. Twain's literary characters, every fiction large and small, childhood friends in Hannibal, adult business associates, riverboats Twain piloted, inventions he tinkered with-all are covered. A fascinating and unique volume recommended for every library with a Twain collection. [The publisher also offers other "A to Z" encyclopedias on literary figures, most recently James Joyce and Virginia Woolf.-Ed.]-Charles C. Nash, Cottey Coll., Nevada, Mo.
Booknews
The arrangement of entries in an alphabetic rather than topic- oriented format is clumsy, but this reference contains a great deal of information related to Twain's life and work in clearly written brief essays. The entries include written works--with synopses and summaries of publishing history; analytical discussions of characters; and identification of key people, places, and events in Twain's business, literary, and personal life. A chronology in tabular form displays year-by-year activities with regard to residence and travel, personal and business affairs, literary output, family & friends, and literary and historical events. Includes some b&w illustrations. 8.75x11.25" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195110289
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/21/1996
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
576
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.88(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

R. Kent Rasmussen is a former associate editor of the Marcus Garvey Papers at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a Ph.D. in History. He is the author of several acclaimed reference books on Africa, and editor of Mark Twain's Book for Bad Boys and Girls.

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