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Biography, memoirs, letters, etc.

  • 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...

  • Heretical Fictionsby LAWRENCE I. BERKOVE; Joseph Csicsila

    University of Iowa Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    Heretical Fictions is the first full-length study to assess the importance of Twain?s heretical Calvinism as the foundation of his major works, bringing to light important thematic ties that connect the author?s early work to his high period and from there to his late work. Berkove and Csicsila set forth the main elements of Twain?s ?countertheological?... more...

  • Kate Chopinby Harold Bloom

    Infobase Publishing 2007; US$ 54.00

    Initially known for her short stories and articles, Kate Chopin was considered to be little more than a regional writer. Published in 1899, her second novel, "The Awakening," received little attention until the 1950s. Now, Chopin's work is known for its play with narrative styles and its examination into the complexities of women's... more...

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyerby Harold Bloom

    Infobase Publishing 2011; US$ 30.00

    One of American literature's classic coming-of-age tales, this novel chronicles the eponymous hero's often-mischievous adventures. Drawn from Mark Twain's own experiences and the lives of the boys he grew up among, Tom Sawyer is a hybrid creation who, according to his creator, "belongs to the composite order of architecture."... more...

  • Ben Franklinby Harold Bloom; Kevin J. Hayes

    Infobase Publishing 2008; US$ 54.00

    Each title features: - An in-depth critical portrait of an essential writer presented in a historical context - A useful chronology - An introduction by Harold Bloom. more...

  • Mark Twain and the Communityby Thomas Blues

    The University Press of Kentucky 2015; US$ 35.00

    Throughout his career Mark Twain viewed the relations between the individual and his community with mixed feelings, and this book explores both the ambiguities of Twain's attitude and their effect upon his fiction. In the earlier novels -- most notably The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn -- the protagonist enjoys a dual position... more...

  • Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finnby Robert Bruce

    Wiley 2000; US$ 5.99 US$ 5.50

    The original CliffsNotes study guides offer expert commentary on major themes, plots, characters, literary devices, and historical background. The latest generation of titles in this series also feature glossaries and visual elements that complement the classic, familiar format. In CliffsNotes on Huckleberry Finn, you follow the Mississippi River... more...

  • The Gilded Ageby Judith Freeman Clark

    Infobase Publishing 2006; US$ 96.00

    Illustrates how historical events appeared to those who lived through the Gilded Age. This book includes critical documents as well as capsule biographies of more than 100 key figures. It contains maps, graphs, and charts and each chapter provides an introductory essay and a chronology of events. 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 Writing Lifeby Annie Dillard

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.24

    Annie Dillard has written eleven books, including the memoir of her parents, An American Childhood ; the Northwest pioneer epic The Living ; and the nonfiction narrative Pilgrim at Tinker Creek . A gregarious recluse, she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. more...