A Historical Guide to Mark Twain

A Historical Guide to Mark Twain

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Mark Twain (born Samuel Clements), a former printer's apprentice, journalist, steamboat pilot, lapsed Confederate soldier and miner, remains to this day one of the most enduring and beloved of America's great writers. Beyond his works themselves, the details of Mark Twain's life - his dry sense of humour, his penchant for the absurd, his investments, and his rejection of racism - all contribute to his stature as an American icon. Combining cultural criticism with historical scholarship, A Historical Guide to Mark Twain addresses a wide range of topics relevant to Mark Twain's work, including religion, commerce, race, gender, social class, and imperialism. This volume also contains and introduction, a brief biography, a bibliographic essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's life and times.
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  • Paperback | 316 pages
  • 138.7 x 211.8 x 21.6mm | 381.02g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195132939
  • 9780195132939
  • 2,110,850

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Twain's views on anything and everything are examined here in concise but sufficiently detailed chapters on topics ranging from race, gender, religion, commerce, and imperialism.... To the student interested not only in Twain's writings, but in the broader subject of his eventful times, this should be a welcome addition. * Virginia Quarterly Review *
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About Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Shelley Fisher Fishkin is Professor of English and American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the editor of The Oxford Mark Twain and author of Was Huck Black? (OUP) and Lighting Out for the Territory (OUP).
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Table of contents

Introduction ; 1. Capsule Biography ; 2. "A Moralist in Disguise:" Mark Twain and American Religion ; 3. A Republican Artisan in the Court of King Capital: Mark Twain and Commerce ; 4. Mark Twain and Race ; 5. Mark Twain and Gender ; 6. Mark Twain and Social Class ; 7. Mark Twain and Imperialism ; Illustrated Chronology ; Bibliographical Essay
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