Description - The Man Who Was Mark Twain by Guy A. Cardwell
No writer has been more frequently identified with America than Mark Twain, an emblematic figure often supposed to represent the essential qualities that make America most admirably American. In this appraisal, supported by evidence from both the life and the writings, Guy Cardwell revises our images of this cultural icon, portraying a complex man who experienced debilitating tensions and neuroses. This book throws new lights on Twain's relations with his wife and her family and on his attitudes toward business, money, art, sex and the little girls whose company he sought compulsively during his later years. It argues persuasively that in the end, Twain was hardly the robust and genial representative of America's mythic frontier past. Alienated from society and from his own writings, he was much more the prototype of the overstrung, exploitatively individualistic modern American.
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