This book introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Pudd’nhead Wilson.
- Introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Pudd’nhead Wilson.
- Investigates the tension between the real-life person, Samuel Clemens, and the fictional person, Mark Twain.
- Provides an original reading of Twain’s obsession with performance and popularity.
- Analyses the significance of Twain’s books for American culture and identity.
- Illustrated with images from first editions of Twain’s works.
- A short appendix directs readers to the author’s award-winning website on ‘Mark Twain in his Times’.
Wiley; April 2008
- ISBN 9780470779927
- Read online, or download in secure PDF format
- Title: Mark Twain
- Author: Stephen Railton
About The Author
Stephen Railton is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. His previous books include Fenimore Cooper: A Study of his Imagination (1978) and Authorship and Audience: Literary Performance in the American Renaissance (1991). He is the creator of two major websites on Uncle Tom’s Cabin & American Culture and Mark Twain in His Times.