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Mark Twain : a life

Author: Ron Powers
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Mark Twain's works are a living national treasury, yet somehow, beneath the vast river of literature that he left behind, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the man who became Mark Twain, has receded from view, leaving us with only faint and often trivialized remnants of his towering personality. Here, author Powers recreates the 19th century's vital landscapes and tumultuous events while restoring the human being at their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ron Powers
ISBN: 0743248996 9780743248990
OCLC Number: 60373585
Description: xi, 722 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: "Something at once awful and sublime" (1835-39) --
"The white town, drowsing ..." (1839) --
Of words and the Word (1840-42) --
The Hannibal decade (1843-53) --
Apprentice (1848-51) --
Rambler (1852-53) --
"So far from home ..." (1853-56) --
The language of water (1856-58) --
Ranger (1858-61) --
Washoe (1861-62) --
A journalistic counterculture (1862-63) --
"Mark Twain-more of him" (1863) --
Code Duello (1863-64) --
A villainous backwoods, sketch (1864-65) --
" ... and I began to talk" (1865-66) --
On the road (1866-67) --
Back East (1867) --
"move-move-Move!" (1867) --
Pilgrims and sinners (1867) --
In the thrall of Mother Bear (October 1867-New Year's Day 1868) --
"A work humorously inclined ..." (February-July 1868) --
The girl in the miniature (July 1868-October 1868) --
American vandal (October-December 1868) --
"Quite worthy of the best" (1869) --
Fairyland (1870) --
"My hated nom de plume ..." (1871) --
Sociable Jimmy (1871-72) --
The lion of London (1872-73) --
Gilded (1873-74) --
Quarry Farm and Nook Farm (1874-75) --
The man in the moon (1875) --
"It befell yt one did breake wind ..." (1876) --
God's fool (1877) --
Abroad again (1878-79) --
"A personal hatred for humbug" (1880) --
"A powerful good time" (1881-82) --
"All right, then ..." (1882-83) --
The American novel (1884-85) --
Roll over, Lord Byron (1886-87) --
"I have fed so full on sorrows ..." (1887-90) --
"We are skimming along like paupers ..." (1891-June 1893) --
Savior (1893-94) --
Thunder-stroke (1895-96) --
Exile and return (1896-1900) --
Sitting in darkness (1900-1905).
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Mark Twain's works are a living national treasury, yet somehow, beneath the vast river of literature that he left behind, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, the man who became Mark Twain, has receded from view, leaving us with only faint and often trivialized remnants of his towering personality. Here, author Powers recreates the 19th century's vital landscapes and tumultuous events while restoring the human being at their center. Clemens left his frontier boyhood in Missouri for a life on the Mississippi during the golden age of steamboats. He skirted the Civil War before taking off for an uproarious newspaper career in Wild West Nevada. He took the East Coast by storm, witnessing the extremes of wealth and poverty of New York City and the Gilded Age (which he named). He traveled to Europe on the first American pleasure cruise and revitalized travel writing. He wooed and won his lifelong devoted wife, yet quietly pined for the girl who was his first crush and whom he would re-encounter decades later. He became the toast of Europe and a celebrity who toured the globe. The man who emerges in Powers's brilliant telling is both the magnetic, acerbic, and hilarious Mark Twain of myth and a devoted friend, husband, and father; a whirlwind of optimism and restless energy; and above all, a wide-eared and wide-eyed observer who absorbed every sight and sound, and poured it into his characters, plots, jokes, businesses, and life. Mark Twain left us our greatest voice. Sam Clemens left us one of our most full and American of lives.--From publisher description.

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