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Mark Twain

A Short Introduction

Stephen Railton

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This book introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his sevenmajor works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, ConnecticutYankee and Pudd'nhead Wilson. * * Introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven majorworks, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankeeand Pudd'nhead Wilson. * Investigates the tension between the real-life person, SamuelClemens, and the fictional person, Mark Twain. * Provides an original reading of Twain's obsession withperformance and popularity. * Analyses the significance of Twain's books for Americanculture and identity. * Illustrated with images from first editions of Twain'sworks. * A short appendix directs readers to the author'saward-winning website on 'Mark Twain in hisTimes'.


Werner Sollors, HarvardUniversity
"A concise, yet amazingly rich, informative,well-researched, and readable introduction to Mark Twain's majorworks, from Innocents Abroad to Pudd'nhead Wilson. Inhis fresh and helpful interpretations Stephen Railton, developer ofthe popular website 'Mark Twain in His Times,' providesrelevant biographical and historical backgrounds and incorporates abroad spectrum of criticism."
Michael J. Kiskis,Elmira College
"Stephen Railton offers a highly readable and crisply argueddiscussion of Samuel Clemens' literary persona Mark Twain as publicperformance and of the relationship Clemens nurtured and continuesto nurture with his readers...A most useful primer in the socialand aesthetic impact of Mark Twain's art."
Mark Twain Forum
"Even though Mark Twain (as Samuel Clemens) did die, Railton'sbook by its very existence proves that Mark Twain still lives, inhis works, the legacy of his life, nearly ninety-four years afterhis physical demise. Mark Twain is dead. Long live Mark Twain!"
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