By Peter Messent, Louis J. Budd
This broad-ranging spouse brings jointly revered American and eu critics and a few up-and-coming students to supply an outline of Twain, his heritage, his writings, and his position in American literary history.
- One of the main broad-ranging volumes to seem on Mark Twain in contemporary years.
- Brings jointly revered Twain critics and a few more youthful students within the box to supply an outline of this vital determine in American literature.
- Places certain emphasis at the ways that Twain's works stay either correct and demanding for a twenty-first century audience.
- A concluding essay evaluates the altering panorama of Twain criticism.
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Mark Twain’s America. Boston: Little, Brown. Fishkin, Shelley Fisher (1993). Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices. New York: Oxford University Press. Fishkin, Shelley Fisher (1997). Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture. New York: Oxford University Press. Gellner, Ernest (1983). Nations and Nationalism. Oxford: Blackwell. Hastings, Adrian (1997). The Construction of Nationhood: Ethnicity, Religion and Nationalism. New York: Cambridge University Press.
The final stratum began shortly after reading Darwin’s Descent of Man in 1871. During the 1880s Clemens was content to reaffirm, in a quasi-scientific way, his earlier deism and to assume that God, if there is one, has a rational plan for human beings. After 1891 and until his death in 1910, however, there is no trace of belief in a teleological plan for the universe. Occasionally, however, eruptions of earlier feelings break through the strata of settled conviction – sometimes in volcanic seizures (as in his reaction to Jonathan Edwards); as often in bubbling reminiscences of youth.
67). Time and again, Twain recurs to his confident sense of human nature as the basis of his judgment, the warrant of his excessive indignation, and the excuse for his social transgressions. In a review of The Innocents Abroad, Howells discerned a quality that set him apart from other humorists: “There is an amount of pure human nature in the book that rarely gets into literature; the depths of our poor unregeneracy – dubious even of the blissfulness of bliss – are sounded by such a simple confession as Mr.
A Companion to Mark Twain by Peter Messent, Louis J. Budd