Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan
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Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain
By Justin Kaplan

Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain

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Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan

Book Awards

  • Winner of Pulitzer Prize Biography Category 1967.

Book Description

Mark Twain, the American comic genius who portrayed, named, and in part exemplified America s Gilded Age, comes alive in Justin Kaplan s extraordinary biography. With brilliant immediacy, Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain brings to life a towering literary figure whose dual persona symbolized the emerging American conflict between down-to-earth morality and freewheeling ambition. As Mark Twain, he was the Mississippi riverboat pilot, the satirist with a fiery hatred of pretension, and the author of such classics as Tom Sawyer andHuckleberry Finn. As Mr. Clemens, he was the star who married an heiress, built a palatial estate, threw away fortunes on harebrained financial schemes, and lived the extravagant life that Mark Twain despised. Kaplan effectively portrays the triumphant-tragic man whose achievements and failures, laughter and anger, reflect a crucial generation in our past as well as his own dark, divided, and remarkably contemporary spirit. Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain brilliantly conveys this towering literary figure who was himself a symbol of the peculiarly American conflict between moral scrutiny and the drive to succeed. Mr. Clemens lived the Gilded Life that Mark Twain despised. The merging and fragmenting of these and other identities, as the biography unfolds, results in a magnificent projection of the whole man; the great comic spirit; and the exuberant, tragic human being, who, his friend William Dean Howells said, was sole, incomparable, the Lincoln of our literature. "

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780671748074
ISBN-10: 0671748076
Format: Paperback
(235mm x 159mm x 30mm)
Pages: 16
Imprint: Pocket Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: 1-Nov-1991
Country of Publication: United States

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At once a romantic history of a mighty river and an autobiographical account of Twain's early steamboat days, here is the raw material from which Mark Twain wrote his finest novel, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." Revised reissue.

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This newest book by Pulitzer Prize winner Kaplan is a sparkling combination of biography, social history, architectural appreciation, and pure pleasure, as he looks at the Astor familys dynasty and its contributions to the city of New York.

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations by Justin Kaplan Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, Hardback (November 2002)

First published in 1855, the 17th edition of this work has been completely updated and revised by Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Justin Kaplan. It contains over 20,000 quotations, representing 2500 authors, 90 of whom are new to "Bartlett's", including the Clintons and J.K. Rowling.

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