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  • Ignorance, Confidence, and Filthy Rich Friendsby Peter Krass

    Wiley 2007; US$ 22.95

    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...

  • Is He Dead?by Mark Twain; Shelley Fisher Fishkin

    University of California Press 2003; US$ 30.00

    The University of California Press is delighted to announce the new publication of this three-act play by one of America's most important and well-loved writers. A highly entertaining comedy that has never appeared in print or on stage, Is He Dead? is finally available to the wide audience Mark Twain wished it to reach. Written in 1898 in Vienna... 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...

  • Mark Twain and the Bibleby Allison Ensor

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Mark Twain enthusiasts will welcome this study of the great writer's attitude toward the Bible -- and of the influence of Holy Writ upon both the man and the artist. While the theological beliefs of Twain have been well documented, Mr. Ensor's study is the first to consider only his familiarity with the Bible and the extensive use of it in his writings.... 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...

  • Mark Twain's Audienceby Robert McParland

    Lexington Books 2014; US$ 89.99

    The unique contribution of this book is the focus upon the testimony of Twain?s audience as a unique ?reading community??how his fiction intersected with their real lives, how he impacted American publishing, literacy, and educational reform, and how Americans loved the theatricality and humor that Twain brought to their lives. more...

  • Mr. Clemens and Mark Twainby Justin Kaplan

    Simon & Schuster 2008; US$ 18.00

    This book delves into the conflict between Clemens the man seeking success and Twain the man bound by morals. 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...

  • Saint Joan of Arcby Susan Helen Wallacem FSP

    Pauline Books and Media 2011; US$ 6.36

    Many have been introduced to the story of Saint Joan of Arc through big screen movies and TV. This biography follows her life, illustrating how she heard God's call to fight for her country. more...

  • Sitting in Darknessby Hsuan L. Hsu

    NYU Press 2015; US$ 20.00

    Perhaps the most popular of all canonicalAmerican authors, Mark Twain is famous for creating works that satirizeAmerican formations of race and empire. While many scholars have exploredTwain?s work in African Americanist contexts, his writing on Asia and AsianAmericans remains largely in the shadows. In Sitting in Darkness , Hsuan Hsuexamines Twain?s... more...