There are almost as many personal recollections as Elvis has spawned; in fact, almost certainly, there are more books about Mark Twain than any other American writer. All of these facts are well known in many Twain biographies. For those who read memoirs and biographies as rapaciously as I do, this is a must-read. I haven't read the other biographies he has written, but they're going on my list now. Here's what you have to know going into it: if you are looking for the sound bite, the cut-to-the-chase, you can't have that wish. The essay never appeared in the Century collected edition of 1887.
Humorist in the West 1. Confederate Bushwhacker is a microbiography set in the most important and pivotal year in the life of its subject. In this new biography, published on the centennial of the writer's death, Jerome Loving focuses on Mark Twain the humorist and the quipster and sheds new light on the wit, pathos, and tragedy of the author ofAdventures of Huckleberry Finn. What I noticed, as I marched through with my sticky notes, is that the clusters were initially sparse, as the stage was set, and then suddenly ramped up around page 100, and by the end of the biography I was putting a sticky on every page and sometimes on facing pages. He was the country's first Western writer, its first vernacular writer, its first to tackle slavery seriously in Puddn'head Wilson as well as Huckleberry Finn. Later, guilt ridden he publishes the memoirs of U. Love in a Locket 19.
Brooding in King Arthur's Court 38. The biographer proves an adept guide. Twenty years after the end of the Civil War, Twain finally tells the story of his past as a deserter from the losing side, while simultaneously befriending and publishing the general from the winning side. This is the first biography about Clements I have read in quite awhile and I throughly enjoyed it. Clemens Title Mark Twain Title remainder the adventures of Samuel L.
Cox in Mark Twain: The Fate of Humor 1966 devoted a chapter to the essay and Loving's current book is dedicated to Cox. University Press of New England, 2013. His biography is well illustrated with period photos and is written in a servicable English. Sequel to a Success 24. Pilgrims on the Loose 18.
In both cases, Loving follows his subject from vision to wisdom and, along the way, examines the aspects of the relationship that have aroused controversy. Sequoias belong to the same family as redwoods, but they are different. Broken Twigs and Found Canoes 44. Love in a Locket 19. Well, he was just damned interesting: a Confederate militia member for 2 weeks , a riverboat pilot, a prospector, a lecturer, an inventor, a humorist, a journalist, an investor, a travel writer, among other occupations.
Paine, Clemens's biographer, once did Fulton, p. Read the book on paper - it is quite a powerful experience. Clemens's attention for completing such an essay was diverted due to the time he was giving to arranging Grant's own memoirs. Over time, Abbott convinced the famous author that he was a talented writer who deserved another chance at freedom. Maybe the greatest contribution this book makes is not in presenting historical facts about Clemens, but in showing how he along with some of his contemporaries figured into the historical, social and political climate of the last Nineteenth and early Twentieth centuries. The Artist and the Businessman 31. And I take it back that I learned nothing new.
The characters who speak here tarnish the pure image of their Midwestern hamlet by holding forth from the grave with tales of illicit love affairs, betrayed confidences, political corruption, and miserable marriages. A Dream Sold down the River 41. The other issue I take with the book is that it assumes a prior knowledge of 19th century authors that I simply don't have. Associations New and Old 32. It is the story of literary influence and tragedy.
Tracing the parallel careers of Emerson and Whitman, the author shows how each served his literary apprenticeship, moved beyond his vocation, prospered, and, finally, declined in his literary achievements. His eldest and favorite daughter Susy and youngest daughter Jean predeceased him. Interestingly, though Thomas Edison is known to have made several recordings of Samuel Clemens performing as Mark Twain and possibly even a brief film , none are known to exist. While it was a good micro biography it was repetitive. Westerner in the East 17. It was edited primarily for scholars and students of Mark Twain and American literature.
This re-examination of Twain's life is informed by newly discovered archival materials that provide the most complex view of the man and writer to date. The Innocent at Home 20. Twain was a prolific writer and often reworked earlier tales of his. Governor of the Third House 13. Other novels include: Tom Sawyer; The Prince and the Pauper; Joan of Arc; Puddenhead Wilson; The American Claimant; The Gilded Age; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and The Mysterious Stranger. Europe on Only Dollars a Day 40.