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Mark Twain: A Short Introduction

Stephen Railton

ISBN 10: 063123473X / ISBN 13: 9780631234739
Published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2003
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144 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.1in. x 0.8in.This book introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Puddnhead Wilson. Introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Puddnhead Wilson. Investigates the tension between the real-life person, Samuel Clemens, and the fictional person, Mark Twain. Provides an original reading of Twains obsession with performance and popularity. Analyses the significance of Twains books for American culture and identity. Illustrated with images from first editions of Twains works. A short appendix directs readers to the authors award-winning website on Mark Twain in his Times. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780631234739

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Title: Mark Twain: A Short Introduction

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Book Type: Hardcover

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This book introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Pudd’nhead Wilson.


  • Introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Pudd’nhead Wilson.
  • Investigates the tension between the real-life person, Samuel Clemens, and the fictional person, Mark Twain.
  • Provides an original reading of Twain’s obsession with performance and popularity.
  • Analyses the significance of Twain’s books for American culture and identity.
  • Illustrated with images from first editions of Twain’s works.
  • A short appendix directs readers to the author’s award-winning website on ‘Mark Twain in his Times’.

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Emphasizing Mark Twains ambitions and achievements as a writer, this introduction features close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Puddnhead Wilson. It locates these texts in the larger contexts of Samuel Clemens life and of late nineteenth-century American culture, investigating what the fictional persona of Mark Twain meant to the real-life person, Samuel Clemens, and what Twains books meant to contemporary Americans.The book provides both a general introduction to Twains major texts and an original reading of his obsession with performance and personality. It is illustrated with images from early editions of Twains works. A short appendix directs readers to the authors award-winning website, Mark Twain in his Times, where they can explore the texts and issues analyzed in the book further.

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