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A Companion to Mark Twain

Edited by: Peter Messent and Louis J. Budd
eISBN: 9781405123792
Print publication date: 2005

Subject Literature » American Literature

People Twain, Mark

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405123792.2005.x

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A Companion to Mark Twain

Mark Twain is one of the best-known figures of American literature. This broad-ranging companion brings together many of the most 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. It places especial emphasis on the ways in which the author's workd remain both relevant and important for a twenty-first-century audience.

The book approaches Twain through six subject headings: his cultural and historical context; his relationships with other writers; his role in the larger professional world of publishing and performing; studies of his travel writing; studies of his fictional works; and readings of his role as a humorist. A concluding essay evaluates the changing landscape of Twain criticism. This organization provides a strong basis for the exploration and re-evaluation of Twain's work and cultural importance.

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Messent, Peter and Louis J. Budd (eds). A Companion to Mark Twain. Blackwell Publishing, 2005. Blackwell Reference Online. 15 July 2018 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405123792_9781405123792>

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