Mark Twain: A Short Introduction / Edition 1

Mark Twain: A Short Introduction / Edition 1

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by Stephen Railton
     
 

Emphasizing Mark Twain’s ambitions and achievements as a writer, this introduction features close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Pudd’nhead Wilson. It locates these texts in the larger contexts of Samuel Clemens’ life and of late nineteenth-century American culture,

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Emphasizing Mark Twain’s ambitions and achievements as a writer, this introduction features close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Pudd’nhead Wilson. It locates these texts in the larger contexts of Samuel Clemens’ life and of late nineteenth-century American culture, investigating what the fictional persona of Mark Twain meant to the real-life person, Samuel Clemens, and what Twain’s books meant to contemporary Americans. The book provides both a general introduction to Twain’s major texts and an original reading of his obsession with performance and personality. It is illustrated with images from early editions of Twain’s works. A short appendix directs readers to the author’s award-winning website, “Mark Twain in his Times,” where they can explore the texts and issues analyzed in the book further.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780631234746
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Series:
Wiley Blackwell Introductions to Literature Series, #30
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.

Preface.

1. Going East: Innocents Abroad.

2. Going West: Roughing It.

3. Going Home: Tom Sawyer.

4. Running Away: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

5. Lost in Time: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Cour.

6. Looking for Refuge – Pudd’nhead Wilson and “Hadleyburg”.

Appendix: Mark Twain in His Times: An Electronic Archive.

Notes.

Index.

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