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Mark Twain : the divided mind of America's best-loved writer

Author: David W Levy
Publisher: Boston : Prentice Hall, ©2011.
Series: Library of American biography (New York, N.Y.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the publisher. The life and writings of a beloved American writer illuminate the Gilded Age and reveal his ambivalence toward the changes wrought by industry and wealth. Like the steamboat on which Mark Twain adopted his pen name, the industrial growth that swept America in the latter half of the nineteenth century prompted Americans to react variously with delight, awe, fear, excitement for the future, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David W Levy
ISBN: 9780205553754 0205553753
OCLC Number: 617565299
Description: viii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
Contents: Growing up in Hannibal --
The great Mississippi --
A young man goes West --
Making God's creatures laugh --
A cynic among the pilgrims --
Livy --
Hartford --
A writer of remarkable books --
"The best book we've had" --
A writer who thought he was a businessman --
Writing his way out of debt --
At the end, dark despair --
Epilogue --
Study and discussion questions.
Series Title: Library of American biography (New York, N.Y.)
Responsibility: David W. Levy.

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From the publisher. The life and writings of a beloved American writer illuminate the Gilded Age and reveal his ambivalence toward the changes wrought by industry and wealth. Like the steamboat on which Mark Twain adopted his pen name, the industrial growth that swept America in the latter half of the nineteenth century prompted Americans to react variously with delight, awe, fear, excitement for the future, and nostalgia for a simpler time. David Levy's biography places Mark Twain and his work in the context of sweeping societal changes: westward expansion, the Civil War, American imperialism, the end of slavery and start of a new chapter in race relations, and the advances and excesses of the Gilded Age.

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