Mark Twain Made Me Do It and Other Plains Adventures

Mark Twain Made Me Do It and Other Plains Adventures

by Bryan L. Jones

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Mark Twain Made Me Do It and Other Plains Adventures by Bryan L. Jones


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803275928
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication date: 03/28/1997
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.42(h) x 0.53(d)

About 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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