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Twain in his own time : a biographical chronicle of his life, drawn from recollections, interviews, and memoirs by family, friends, and associates / edited by Gary Scharnhorst
Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, c2010
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 4th Floor  PS1333 .T83 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Friends and associates
Subject(s) Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography
Physical Description xxxiii, 348 p. ; 23 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Summary Never one to suffer fools gladly, especially if they wore crinolines, Mark Twain lost as many friends as he made, and he targeted them all indiscriminately. The first major American writer born west of the Mississippi River, he enjoys a reputation unrivaled in American literary history, and from the beginning of his career he tried to control that reputation by fiercely protecting his public persona. Not a debunking account of Twain's life but immune from his relentless image making, this book offers an anecdotal version of Twain's life over which the master spin doctor had virtually no control. The ninety-four recollections gathered form an unsanitized, collaborative biography designed to provide a multitude of perspectives on the iconic author. Opening with an interview with his mother that has never been reprinted, it includes memoirs by his daughters and by men who knew him when he was roughing it in Nevada and California, an interview with the pilot who taught him to navigate the Mississippi River, reminiscences from his illustrators E. M. Kemble and Dan Beard and two of his so called adolescent angelfish, contributions from politicians and from such literary figures as Dan De Quille and George Bernard Shaw, and one of the most damning assessments of his character, by the author Frank Harris, ever published. Each entry is introduced by a brief explanation of its historical and cultural context; explanatory notes provide further information about people and places; and the introduction and chronology of Twain's eventful life are comprehensive and detailed. Dozens of primary sources published incrementally over more than eighty years, most recorded after his death, illustrate the complexities of this flamboyant, outspoken personality in a way that no single biographer could
Series Writers in their own time (University of Iowa Press)
Alternate Author Scharnhorst, Gary

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