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The life of Mark Twain : the early years, 1835-1871

Author: Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [2018] ©2018
Series: Mark Twain and his circle series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book begins the first multi-volume biography of Samuel Clemens to appear in over a century. In the succeeding years, Clemens biographers have either tailored their narratives to fit the parameters of a single volume or focused on a particular period or aspect of Clemens's life, because the whole of that epic life cannot be compressed into a single volume. In The Life of Mark Twain, Gary Scharnhorst has chosen  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Scharnhorst, Gary.
Life of Mark Twain.
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, [2018]
(DLC) 2017050629
Named Person: Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gary Scharnhorst
ISBN: 9780826221445 0826221440
OCLC Number: 1007501394
Description: xxxi, 686 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ancestry --
The villages --
Hannibal --
Journeyman printer --
The river --
The war --
The mines --
Virginia City --
From Virginia City to San Francisco --
San Francisco --
The Sandwich Islands --
San Francisco redux --
New York --
The voyage --
Washington, D.C. --
The West revisited --
Hartford, Elmira, and Buffalo --
Buffalo exitus.
Series Title: Mark Twain and his circle series.
Responsibility: Gary Scharnhorst.

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"This book begins the first multi-volume biography of Samuel Clemens to appear in over a century. In the succeeding years, Clemens biographers have either tailored their narratives to fit the parameters of a single volume or focused on a particular period or aspect of Clemens's life, because the whole of that epic life cannot be compressed into a single volume. In The Life of Mark Twain, Gary Scharnhorst has chosen to write a complete biography plotted from beginning to end, from a single point of view, on an expansive canvas. With dozens of Mark Twain biographies available, what is left unsaid? On average, a hundred Clemens letters and a couple of Clemens interviews surface every year. Scharnhorst has located documents relevant to Clemens's life in Missouri, along the Mississippi River, and in the West, including some which have been presumed lost. Over three volumes, Scharnhorst elucidates the life of arguably the greatest American writer and reveals the alchemy of his gifted imagination."--Publisher's description.

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Gary Scharnhorst's monumental biography sets a new standard for comprehensiveness. This will prove to be the standard biography for our generation."" - Alan Gribben, author of Mark Twain's Literary Read more...

 
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