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American Claimant, The

Twain, Mark

Published by Charles L. Webster & Co, New York, 1892
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Although not one of Twain's most acclaimed books, "The American Claimant" is nevertheless an underrated classic, a genuine original and great fun to read. Author Bobbie Ann Mason has commented on "the mad energy of this strange novel. In it we have the pleasure of seeing Mark Twain's imagination go berserk," she wrote in a recent introduction. "The American Claimant is a comedy of mistaken identities and multiple role switches -- fertile and familiar Mark Twain territory. Its cast of characters includes an American enamored of British hereditary aristocracy and a British earl entranced by American democracy. The central character, Colonel Mulberry Sellers, is an irrepressible, buoyant mad scientist, brimming with harebrained ideas. Nothing is impossible for him.He's totally loopy." His voluble wackiness leaves the reader reeling in the wake of inventions that prefigure DNA cloning, fax machines, and photocopiers. Twain uses this over-the-top comic frame to explore some serious issues as well -- such as the construction of self and identity, the role of the press in society, and the moral and social questions raised by capitalism and industrialization in the United States. A unique melange of science fiction and fantasy, romance, farce, and political satire, Twain's least-known comic novel is both thought-provoking and entertaining. This copy is a strong Near Fine, binding clean and tight, pages unmarked. Olive green cloth pictorial boards stamped in black and gilt on both front cover and spine. Illustrated throughout by drawings within the text by Dan Beard. (BAL 3434). No DJ as issued. This copy has been professionally strengthened with new endpapers exactly matching the original, and stiffened spine backing, head/tail bands, corners and hinges. THere is slight wear evident at top and bottom of spine and corners, and there is a thin 2" vertical crease on the front cover. 277 pages plus an appendix followed by eight pages of ads. A scarce copy, especially in this condition. Bookseller Inventory # 160616

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Title: American Claimant, The

Publisher: Charles L. Webster & Co, New York

Publication Date: 1892

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Black and white drawings throughout by Daniel Beard

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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