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Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens

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Publisher Comments:

“Very probably the best of the many Mark Twain biographies…one that should be preeminent for quite a long time.”—Frederick Crews, author of Follies of the Wise: Dissenting Essays

“This biography offers irresistibly concise and beautifully paced chapters that will take readers through this author's amazing life and work—its humor, its pathos, and its tragedy—in brisk and compelling fashion.”—Ed Folsom, author of Walt Whitman's Native Representations

“There has definitely never been a Twain biography so comprehensive in scope and so sagaciously opinionative.”—Alan Gribben, author of Mark Twain's Library: A Reconstruction, and co-founder of Mark Twain Circle of America

Synopsis:

Mark Twain, who was often photographed with a cigar, once remarked that he came into the world looking for a light. In this new biography, published on the centennial of the writers death, Jerome Loving focuses on Mark Twain, humorist and quipster, and sheds new light on the wit, pathos, and tragedy of the author of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In brisk and compelling fashion, Loving follows Twain from Hannibal to Hawaii to the Holy Land, showing how the southerner transformed himself into a westerner and finally a New Englander. This re-examination of Twains life is informed by newly discovered archival materials that provide the most complex view of the man and writer to date.

About the Author

Jerome Loving, Distinguished Professor of English at Texas A&M University, is the author of Walt Whitman: Song of Himself and The Last Titan: A Life of Theodore Dreiser, both from UC Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Chronology of the Life and Works of Mark Twain

Prologue

I. Humorist in the West

1. Life on the Salt River

2. Window to the West

3. Orion

4. Southwest Humorist

5. Tramp Printer

6. Cub Pilot

7. Death on the Mississippi

8. Fetching Grant

9. Lighting Out

10. A Millionaire for Ten Days

11. “Mark Twain”

12. Governor of the Third House

13. The Jumping Frog

14. Vandal Abroad

15. Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope

II. Writer in the East

16. Westerner in the East

17. Pilgrims on the Loose

18. Love in a Locket

19. The Innocent at Home

20. False Start in Buffalo

21. Back on the Lecture Circuit

22. Home in Hartford

23. Sequel to a Success

24. A Book about the English

25. Colonel Sellers

26. Mississippi Memories

27. The Riley Book

28. Banned in Boston

29. The Innocent Abroad Again

30. Down and Out in Paris and London

III. The Artist and the Businessman

31. Associations New and Old

32. Return to the River and the Lecture Circuit

33. Mark Twain and the Phunny Phellows

34. Webster and Paige

35. A Romance of the White Conscience

36. Publishing Grant

37. Brooding in King Arthur's Court

38. Progress and Poverty

39. Europe on Only Dollars a Day

40. A Dream Sold down the River

41. Family Matters

42. A Friend at Standard Oil

43. Broken Twigs and Found Canoes

44. Back Home and Overland

45. Lost in the British Empire

46. Mark Twain's Daughter

IV. The Mysterious Stranger

47. City of Dreams

48. Winter Fantasies

49. Weary Sojourners

50. Exile's Return

51. Homeless

52. A Death in Florence

Epilogue

Appendix A. Clemens Genealogy

Appendix B. Books Published by Charles L. Webster and Company

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520269859
Author:
Loving, Jerome
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
American
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
37 b/w photographs
Pages:
520
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25 in 27 oz

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Mark Twain, who was often photographed with a cigar, once remarked that he came into the world looking for a light. In this new biography, published on the centennial of the writers death, Jerome Loving focuses on Mark Twain, humorist and quipster, and sheds new light on the wit, pathos, and tragedy of the author of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In brisk and compelling fashion, Loving follows Twain from Hannibal to Hawaii to the Holy Land, showing how the southerner transformed himself into a westerner and finally a New Englander. This re-examination of Twains life is informed by newly discovered archival materials that provide the most complex view of the man and writer to date.
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