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  • Mrs. Mark Twainby Martin Naparsteck; Michele Cardulla

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2013; US$ 45.00

    This is the first book-length biography of Olivia Langdon Clemens, Mark Twain's wife. Livy was an intelligent, well-educated woman of Victorian values and sensibilities who lived a charmed and tragic life. Raised in the wealthiest family in Elmira, New York, she married the man destined to become the best known American in the world. She befriended... more...

  • A Family Sketch and Other Private Writingsby Mark Twain; Benjamin Griffin

    University of California Press 2014; US$ 25.95

    This book publishes, for the first time in full, the two most revealing of Mark Twain?s private writings. Here he turns his mind to the daily life he shared with his wife Livy, their three daughters, a great many servants, and an imposing array of pets. These first-hand accounts display this gifted and loving family in the period of its flourishing.... more...

  • The Mythologizing of Mark Twainby Sara Davis; Philip D. Beidler

    University of Alabama Press 2014; US$ 29.95

    Readers of Mark Twain seldom doubt his genius, but defining that genius and locating its source continue to challenge students of American literature. Equally elusive is an explanation of the intriguing phenomenon of Twain as a mythic figure, both shaper and embodier of an American mythos. Perhaps no single critical approach can adequately... more...

  • The Algonquin Round Table New Yorkby Kevin C. Fitzpatrick; Anthony Melchiorri

    Lyons Press 2015; US$ 23.99

    "That is the thing about New York," wrote Dorothy Parker in 1928. "It is always a little more than you had hoped for. Each day, there, is so definitely a new day." Now you can journey back there, in time, to a grand city teeming with hidden bars, luxurious movie palaces, and dazzling skyscrapers. In these places, Dorothy Parker and her cohorts in... more...

  • Printer's Devilby Bruce Michelson

    University of California Press 2006; US$ 85.00

    Trained as a printer when still a boy, and thrilled throughout his life by the automation of printing and the headlong expansion of American publishing, Mark Twain wrote about the consequences of this revolution for culture and for personal identity. Printer?s Devil is the first book to explore these themes in some of Mark Twain's best-known literary... more...

  • Mark Twain in Chinaby Selina Lai-Henderson

    Stanford University Press 2015; US$ 45.00 US$ 40.99

    Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835?1910) has had an intriguing relationship with China that is not as widely known as it should be. Although he never visited the country, he played a significant role in speaking for the Chinese people both at home and abroad. After his death, his Chinese adventures did not come to an end, for his body of works... more...

  • A Companion to Mark Twainby Peter Messent; Louis J. Budd

    Wiley 2008; US$ 54.95 US$ 47.62

    This broad-ranging companion brings together respected American and European critics and a number of up-and-coming scholars to provide an overview of Twain, his background, his writings, and his place in American literary history. One of the most broad-ranging volumes to appear on Mark Twain in recent years Brings together respected Twain critics... more...

  • Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friendsby Peter Krass

    Wiley 2007; US$ 22.95 US$ 19.99

    While the entire world knows Mark Twain as the renowned author of many classic American novels, few people are aware that he was also a highly successful businessman. In fact, more than half of his life was consumed by moneymaking pursuits, which often resulted in writing projects being neglected--but at the same time, these adventures were the inspiration... more...

  • Poeby Peter Ackroyd

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2009; US$ 22.95

    Gothic, mysterious, theatrical, fatally flawed, and dazzling, the life of Edgar Allan Poe, one of America?s greatest and most versatile writers, is the ideal subject for Peter Ackroyd. Poe wrote lyrical poetry and macabre psychological melodramas; invented the first fictional detective; and produced pioneering works of science fiction and fantasy.... more...

  • Mark Twain's "Which Was the Dream?" and Other Symbolic Writings of the Later Yearsby Mark Twain; John S. Tuckey

    University of California Press 1966; US$ 78.95

    All of these selections in this volume were comosed between 1896 and 1905. Mark Twain wrote them after the disasters of the early and middle nineties that had included the decline into bankruptcy of his publishing business, the failure of the typsetting machine in which he invested heavily, and the death of his daughter Susy. Their principal fable... more...