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Mark Twain Selected Writings of an American Skeptic

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ISBN-10: 0879759720

ISBN-13: 9780879759728

Edition: N/A

Authors: Victor Doyno, Leslie A. Fiedler

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Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) commands an important place in the public mind. Many Americans feel a natural and easy identification with this popular literary figure. Twain's Humor, his wit, and his social concern endear him to countless Americans who think of him as 'one of us'. For the general reader, this collection provides a convenient resource that will spark many debates. It will convince scholars of American literature that Clemens was a sceptic for most of his life.
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Book details

List price: $30.99
Publisher: Prometheus Books, Publishers
Publication date: 5/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 465
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Leslie A. Fiedler, a literary critic, was a professor of English at the State University of New York, at Buffalo. His well-known preoccupation with social and psychological issues emerged with Love and Death in the American Novel (1960), which became a major critical text of the 1960s. In this book he argued that American writing has been shaped by an inability to portray mature sexual relationships and by an underlying fear of death. Fiedler admonished critics, teachers, and readers of literature to connect text and context-to consider a poem, for example, as the sum of many contexts, including its genre, the other works of the author, the other works of his time, and so forth. Fiedler's…    

Foreword: Subversive Mark Twain
Introduction: Mark Twain, American Doubter
Early Writings and Travel Literature
Juvenilia and Early Journalism
The Innocents Abroad
Roughing It
A Serious Comedian
Sketches New and Old
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
A Tramp Abroad
A Short Story: "Edward Mills and George Benton"
The Prince and the Pauper
Prime Twain
Life on the Mississippi
Gerhardt Letter
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
The American Claimant
Tom Sawyer Abroad
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
In Defense of Harriet Shelley
The Icy Perceptive Stare
Short Writings
The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Following the Equator
To the Person Sitting in Darkness
What Is Man?
Christian Science
Posthumous Publications
A Word of Encouragement for Our Blushing Exiles
As Regards Patriotism
Bible Teaching and Religious Practice
The War Prayer
Corn-Pone Opinions
Letters from the Earth
Unpublished Autobiographical Dictation
Suggestions for Further Reading