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Lighting out for the territory : reflections on Mark Twain and American culture

Author: Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Publisher: New York ; Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture reveals who Mark Twain really was, how he got to be that way, and what we do with his legacies today. How did this son of slave holders come to write one the greatest anti-racist works of fiction of all time? Why is that remarkable odyssey erased today in his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri? Which aspects of Twain are celebrated or
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Genre/Form: Biography
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shelley Fisher Fishkin
ISBN: 0195105311 9780195105315
OCLC Number: 39117716
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 264 pages : illustrations, 1 facsimile, portraits ; 25 cm
Contents: The matter of Hannibal --
Excavations --
Ripples and reverberations
Responsibility: Shelley Fisher Fishkin.

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Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture reveals who Mark Twain really was, how he got to be that way, and what we do with his legacies today. How did this son of slave holders come to write one the greatest anti-racist works of fiction of all time? Why is that remarkable odyssey erased today in his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri? Which aspects of Twain are celebrated or exploited today and which are ignored? Whether she is probing Twain's presence in cyberspace or in the classroom, in advertising or animated cartoons, author Shelley Fisher Fishkin is incisive and imaginative. Her boldly original blend of personal narrative, biography, history, and criticism will change the way we look at Mark Twain and, perhaps, ourselves.

Lighting Out for the Territory offers an intriguing look at how Mark Twain's life and work have been cherished, memorialized, exploited, and misunderstood. It offers a wealth of insight into Twain, into his work, and into our nation, both past and present.

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