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ISBN13: 9781400095278
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In this magisterial full-scale biography of America's greatest storyteller and satirist, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Fred Kaplan refashions our image of Mark Twain and etches a vibrant portrait of a singular personality who created some of the most memorable literary characters of our culture. He coined the phrase — the Gilded Age, — spoke out vigorously against racism and imperialism, and in his multifaceted singularity as writer, businessman, polemicist, investor, inventor, and self-promoter became the most widely extolled and most dominant icon of American literature. As Kaplan writes, "There has been no one like him since."

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"A singularly excellent biography." The New York Sun

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"Refreshing. . . . Full of new material." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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"A vividly detailed account. . . . Kaplan clearly shows the connection between Twain's writing and the people and events that surrounded his life." Library Journal

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"An even-handed narrative, fully aware of all the biographical and critical currents at work . . . but owing allegiance to no particular theoretical or psychological school of criticism." Richmond Times-Dispatch

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"Utimately, Kaplan's major contribution may be in what he has taken out of the Twain mythology. No longer will Twain be referred to as an inspired primitive." Houston Chronicle

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"The clearest, most comprehensive portrait yet. . . . It is almost unprecedented for a truly definitive biography of a writer of Mark Twain's stature to appear after so many years, but here it is." The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"A real contribution to what we know of the writer who made the American language safe for literature. . . . A great glory of information." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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"Lively. . . . Clemens feels whole because Kaplan takes the time to show him in so many different settings and situations." The Oregonian

About the Author

Fred Kaplan is Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He is the author of the critically acclaimed biographies Gore Vidal, Henry James, Dickens, and Thomas Carlyle, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award and a Pulitzer Prize. He has held Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and was a Fellow of the National Humanities Center. He lives in Boothbay, Maine.

Table of Contents

Introduction

1. The Best Boy You Had, 1835-1847

2. The Fifty-Dollar Bill, 1847-1857

3. The River, 1857-1861

4. The Mark Twain Ledge, 1861-1684

5. A Fair Wind, 1864-1866

6. Straight Gate, 1866-1867

7. And Narrow Way, 1867

8. Home and Anchorage, 1868-1870

9. Comfort, 1870-1872

10. The Lion, 1872-1874

11. God's Fool, 1874-1879

12. Such Being My Nature, 1879-1882

13. Infinitely Shaded, 1882-1885

14. One of the Vanderbilt Gang, 1886-1891

15. Exile & Desolate, 1891-1895

16. Disappointment to the End, 1895-1896

17. Sundays in Hell, 1896-1900

18. Sweetheart of My Youth, 1900-1904

19. The Damned Human Race Luncheon Club, 1904-1910

Notes

Acknowledgments

Index

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John Payne, January 27, 2010 (view all comments by John Payne)
Easily the best and most thorough examination of both Twain and his work. Kaplan does a magnificent job showing how Twain embodied all the different parts of America and how this came out in his writings. Can't recommend enough for literature or Twain fans.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400095278
Author:
Kaplan, Fred
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Twain, Mark
Subject:
Authors, American -- 19th century.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20050831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
24 PP. BandW ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
8.24x6.28x1.54 in. 1.59 lbs.

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"Review" by , "A singularly excellent biography."
"Review" by , "Refreshing. . . . Full of new material."
"Review" by , "A vividly detailed account. . . . Kaplan clearly shows the connection between Twain's writing and the people and events that surrounded his life."
"Review" by , "An even-handed narrative, fully aware of all the biographical and critical currents at work . . . but owing allegiance to no particular theoretical or psychological school of criticism."
"Review" by , "Utimately, Kaplan's major contribution may be in what he has taken out of the Twain mythology. No longer will Twain be referred to as an inspired primitive."
"Review" by , "The clearest, most comprehensive portrait yet. . . . It is almost unprecedented for a truly definitive biography of a writer of Mark Twain's stature to appear after so many years, but here it is."
"Review" by , "A real contribution to what we know of the writer who made the American language safe for literature. . . . A great glory of information."
"Review" by , "Lively. . . . Clemens feels whole because Kaplan takes the time to show him in so many different settings and situations."
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