An amazing array of Twain's fiction, essays, speeches, private correspondence, and previously unpublished material that reveals his practical and philosophical skepticism. A collection for general readers and scholars alike.
About the Author
Victor Doyno was a longtime faculty member of the State University of New York at Buffalo (UB) and one of the country’s foremost Mark Twain scholars, His scholarly work focused on Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He was the author of three books, including Writing ‘Huck Finn’: Mark Twain’s Creative Process (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1991) and Mark Twain: Selected Writings of an American Skeptic (Prometheus Books, 1995), plus numerous journal articles and essays.
He also published a CD-ROM — The Complete Buffalo Manuscript Edition of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Teaching and Research Digital Edition — and wrote introductions to Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven and The Man That Corrupted Hadleyberg, both works by Twain republished by Prometheus Books in 2002.
Doyno served as a member of the board of directors of the Mark Twain Center at Quarry Farm in Elmira, where Twain spent many of his summers, and also was president of the Mark Twain Circle, an organization of “Twainiacs” from throughout the United States.
Besides Twain, his areas of specialization, research, and teaching included medieval and renaissance English literature, the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, pedagogy and evaluation, and the study of manuscripts and the creative process.
A recipient of a Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1994, he retired from UB in 2004.