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DeVoto calls his work "an essay in the correction of ideas." After the "official" biography of Mark Twain had been written by Albert Paine, DeVoto believed there was still more to be said about the works of the great American writer and humorist. He dedicates himself here to a study of the works of Twain, not the man or his life, but to how and why these works arose from American life.
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Bernard DeVoto (1897-1955) is one of the great poets of American history; he was a man who allowed the American land to shape his sweeping narratives. This overlooked book, first published in 1932, celebrates the places Mark Twain knew and wrote about, and it celebrates as well Twain's humor and disenchantment. "Twain laughs," writes DeVoto, "and, for the first time, American literature possesses tragic laughter." The tragedy comes, of course, from the darker moments of the continent's conquest, to several of which Twain was an unflinching witness. To read DeVoto is to see with Twain's own eyes the great rivers, mining camps, mountains, and forests of America a century ago.About the Author:
The historian Bernard DeVoto (1897–1955) won a Pulitzer Prize for Across the Wide Missouri. Louis J. Budd is Professor of English Emeritus at Duke University and a foremost Twain scholar.
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Book Description Idaho Research Foundation, 1985. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0893011088