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Twain & Stanley enter paradise

Author: Oscar Hijuelos
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A David Baldacci Top Pick for Fall 2015Hijuelos was fascinated by the Twain-Stanley connection and eventually began researching and writing a novel that used the scant historical record of their relationship as a starting point for a more detailed fictional account. It was a labor of love for Hijuelos, who worked on the project for more than ten years, publishing other novels along the way but always returning to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
Fiction
Named Person: Mark Twain; Henry M Stanley; Dorothy Stanley, Lady; Dorothy Stanley, Lady; Henry M Stanley; Mark Twain
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Oscar Hijuelos
ISBN: 9781455561483 1455561487 9781455561506 1455561509
OCLC Number: 926914744
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Welcome; Author's Note; Epigraph; Part One; Dorothy's Question; The Cabinet Manuscript; On Twain and Stanley Meeting Again; Stanley in Love; Huck Finn in Africa; His Return; Their Wedding; Part Two; Meeting Mr. Clemens; With Mr. Twain; Portraits with Twain; Twain's Sadness and Other Events; On Psychics; Part Three; Letters 1897-99; The Country Life; Furze Hill, Easter Weekend, 1900; Stanley's Later Days; Clemens in That Time; The Cabinet Manuscript and Oxford; Afterword by Lori Marie Carlson-Hijuelos; About the Author; Also by Oscar Hijuelos; Praise; Reading Group Guide Questions for DiscussionA Conversation with Lori Marie Carlson-Hijuelos; Newsletters; Table of Contents; Copyright
Other Titles: Twain and Stanley enter paradise
Responsibility: Oscar Hijuelos.
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A David Baldacci Top Pick for Fall 2015Hijuelos was fascinated by the Twain-Stanley connection and eventually began researching and writing a novel that used the scant historical record of their relationship as a starting point for a more detailed fictional account. It was a labor of love for Hijuelos, who worked on the project for more than ten years, publishing other novels along the way but always returning to Twain and Stanley; indeed, he was still revising the manuscript the day before his sudden passing in 2013. The resulting novel is a richly woven tapestry of people and events that is unique among the author's works, both in theme and structure. Hijuelos ingeniously blends correspondence, memoir, and third-person omniscience to explore the intersection of these Victorian giants in a long vanished world. From their early days as journalists in the American West, to their admiration and support of each other's writing, their mutual hatred of slavery, their social life together in the dazzling literary circles of the period, and even a mysterious journey to Cuba to search for Stanley's adoptive father, TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE superbly channels two vibrant but very different figures. It is also a study of Twain's complex bond with Mrs. Stanley, the bohemian portrait artist Dorothy Tennant, who introduces Twain and his wife to the world of seances and mediums after the tragic death of their daughter. A compelling and deeply felt historical fantasia that utilizes the full range of Hijuelos' gifts, TWAIN & STANLEY ENTER PARADISE stands as an unforgettable coda to a brilliant writing career.

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