Description - Mark Twain by Stephen Railton
This book introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including "Tom Sawyer", "Huckleberry Finn", "Connecticut Yankee and Pudd'nhead Wilson". This book: investigates the tension between the real-life person, Samuel Clemens, and the fictional person, Mark Twain; provides an original reading of Twain's obsession with performance and popularity; analyzes the significance of Twain's books for American culture and identity; and, is illustrated with images from first editions of Twain's works. A short appendix directs readers to the author's award-winning website on 'Mark Twain in his Times'.
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(228mm x 153mm x 11mm)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Author Biography - Stephen Railton
Stephen Railton is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. His previous books include Fenimore Cooper: A Study of his Imagination (1978) and Authorship and Audience: Literary Performance in the American Renaissance (1991). He is the creator of two major websites on Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture and Mark Twain in His Times.