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Historical Guide to Mark Twain

ISBN-10: 0195132939

ISBN-13: 9780195132939

Edition: 2002

Authors: Shelley Fisher Fishkin

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Mark Twain (born Samuel Clements), a former printer's apprentice, journalist, steamboat pilot, lapsed Confederate soldier and miner, remains to this day one of the most enduring and beloved of America's great writers. Beyond his works themselves, the details of Mark Twain's life - his dry sense of humour, his penchant for the absurd, his investments, and his rejection of racism - all contribute to his stature as an American icon. Combining cultural criticism with historical scholarship, A Historical Guide to Mark Twain addresses a wide range of topics relevant to Mark Twain's work, including religion, commerce, race, gender, social class, and imperialism. This volume also contains and introduction, a brief biography, a bibliographic essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's life and times.
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Book details

List price: $40.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/3/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Shelley Fisher Fishkin received her B.A. from Yale College. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. at Yale University. She taught American Studies and English at the University of Texas from 1985 to 2003, and was Chair of the Department of American Studies. Since 2003 she has been a professor at the English Department of Stanford University. She has been awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, was a Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer in Japan and was the winner of a Harry H. Ransom Teaching Excellence Award at the University of Texas. Much of her work is focused on Mark Twain but she has also published works on writers such as Frederick Douglass and Theodore Dreiser. Her research interests have lead her to focus on the influence of African American voices on American literature. Dr. Fishkin is the author, editor or co-editor of over forty books and has published over eighty articles and reviews. Her book Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices was selected as an "Outstanding Academic Book" by Choice in 1993.

Introduction
Mark Twain, 1835-1910: A Brief Biography
Twain in His Time
"A Moralist in Disguise": Mark Twain and American Religion
A Republican Artisan in the Court of King Capital: Mark Twain and Commerce
Mark Twain and Race
Mark Twain and Gender
Mark Twain and Social Class
Mark Twain and Imperialism
Illustrated Chronology
Bibliographical Essay
Contributors
Index