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

    Wiley 2008; US$ 240.00 US$ 208.00

    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$ 13.77

    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 US$ 63.16

    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...

  • Awakeningsby Bernard Koloski

    LSU Press 2009; US$ 17.95

    One of the most often repeated anecdotes about the direction of literary studies over the past three decades concerns a graduate student who complained of reading Kate Chopin’s The Awakening in three classes and Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick in none. But Chopin has not always been featured in the literary curriculum. Though she achieved national... more...

  • Mr. Clemens and Mark Twainby Justin Kaplan

    Simon & Schuster 2008; US$ 18.00

    Mark Twain, the American comic genius who portrayed, named, and in part exemplified America?s ?Gilded Age,? comes alive in Justin Kaplan?s extraordinary biography. With brilliant immediacy, Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain brings to life a towering literary figure whose dual persona symbolized the emerging American conflict between down-to-earth morality... more...

  • Hemingway's Boatby Paul Hendrickson

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2011; US$ 18.00

    From a National Book Critics Circle Award winner, a brilliantly conceived and illuminating reconsideration of a key period in the life of Ernest Hemingway that will forever change the way he is perceived and understood. Focusing on the years 1934 to 1961?from Hemingway?s pinnacle as the reigning monarch of American letters until his suicide?Paul Hendrickson... more...

  • J. D. Salingerby Kenneth Slawenski

    Random House Publishing Group 2011; US$ 17.00

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER One of the most popular and mysterious figures in American literary history, the author of the classic Catcher in the Rye , J. D. Salinger eluded fans and journalists for most of his life. Now he is the subject of this definitive biography, which is filled with new information and revelations garnered from countless interviews,... more...

  • The Innocents Abroadby Mark Twain

    The Floating Press 2011; US$ 3.99

    Known as one of American literature's finest humor writers, Mark Twain took on the travel genre in the series of essays, sketches, and observations collected in The Innocents Abroad. From classic fish-out-of-water shenanigans to keen insight into the differences between American culture and its European and Middle Eastern counterparts, this volume... more...

  • Roughing Itby Mark Twain

    The Floating Press 2010; US$ 3.99

    Books such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn have firmly established Mark Twain's reputation as one of the best-loved American humorists, but the author's non-fiction works are packed with as much laughter and keen insight as his popular novels. In the series of essays presented in the volume Roughing It,... more...