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Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain With Brilliant Immediacy, Mr Clemens Mark Twain Brings To Life A Towering Literary Figure Whose Dual Personae Symbolized The Emerging American Conflict Between Down To Earth Morality Freewheeling Ambition As Mark Twain, He Was The Mississippi Riverboat Pilot, The Satirist With A Fiery Hatred Of Pretension, The Author Of Such Classics As Tom Sawyer Huckleberry Finn As Mr Clemens, He Was The Star Who Married An Heiress, Built A Palatial Estate, Threw Away Fortunes On Harebrained Financial Schemes Lived The Extravagent Life That Twain Despised Set Against The Richly Drawn Background Of The Post Civil War Period That Twain Dubbed The Gilded Age, Mr Clemens Mark Twain Is Sure To Entertain Enlighten Both General Readers Scholars Alike.


10 thoughts on “Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain

  1. says:

    I have to say, I was a bit dissapointed in this book for one reason which Justin Kaplan points out in the preface the book does not cover Twain s childhood I was anticipating reading about his life in MO as a young boy and comparing it to Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, but was let down I think Kaplan s reasoning behind avoiding that fir...


  2. says:

    This was a slog I speed read several passages Howard Mumford Jones on the back says, The richest, most subtle, and best sustained analysis of Mark Twain anywhere to be found He may be right, but that s the trouble this is a sustainedanalysisThe relentless psychological analysis bogged down the fascinating narrative of a complex life Some books are written by scholars for other scholars Others are written by scholars for general readers...


  3. says:

    Still reading Notes excerpts p 281 The Yankee and his machine were twinned in his mind Both were tests of a perfectible world in which, contrary to all his insights and experience, friction and mechanical difficulties were equivalents of ignorance and superstition The ambivalences, disillusions, destructive fury, and finally, homicidal tantrums of the novel were fire drills in his imagination for the actual failure of the machine, machine values, and his dream of capitalist democracy in Still reading Notes excerpts p 281 The Yankee and his machine were twinned in his mind Both were tests of a perfectible world in which, contrary to all his insights and experience, friction and mechanical difficulties were equivalents of ignorance and superstition The ambivalences, disillusions, destructive fury, and finally, homicidal tantrums of the novel were fire drills in his imagination for the actual failure of the machine, machine values, and his dream of capitalist democracy in which he expected to be a tycoon among tycoons p 293 Clemens managed to finish Yankee in May 1889, four and a half years after reading Morte d Arthur p 298 Working 7 hours a day on his book, Clemens was tense and anxious, unable to sleep at night He...


  4. says:

    I have to revisit a video of the old Hal Holbrook one man show to better appreciate it As the book Preface says, this is about the central drama of his mature literary life the discovery of the usable past It does not cover his early years in the south, on the river and in the we...


  5. says:

    A biography of Sam Clemens He was a very street smart reporter who had dreams of being fabulously wealthy, so he invested in a poorly constructed printing press which bankrupted him He was a strange mix of brilliance and incredible naivete 6 96


  6. says:

    B The story of the literary genius who defined post Civil War America, a nation finding itself again I don t remember where I stole that sentence from


  7. says:

    I enjoyed the book, however, I felt that it was almost too flourished to be a proper biography It wasfocused on Samuel Clemen s behavior, and less on what he had actually accomplished Personally, I had never really had much information on Mark Twain, only the books that he was attributed to, long with the fact that he was born and died on Halley s Comet As a result of this, ...


  8. says:

    Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain is certainly one of the most fascinating characters who ever lived in America I give this 1966 bio only 3 stars as it skips over Clemens youth and begins with him in his early 20s, on the brink of success The author is making a point that were two men, Twain and Clemens and they were in conflict We think of Twain, the man who had piloted steamboats on the Mississippi and who satirized society, opposing all hypocrisy and sham but, then, there was Mr Clemens, su Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain is certainly one of the most fascinating characters who ever lived in America I give this 1966 bio only 3 stars as it skips over Clemens youth and begins with him in his early 20s, on the brink of success The author is making a point that were two men, Twain and Clemens and they were in conflict...


  9. says:

    Very interesting examination of Twain s literary life The biography begins when he started writing so there s nothing about his childhood in Missouri It did a good job portraying a life lived in the tension between the Southern, non conformist, backwoods, voice of the people and the celebrity writer who desired all that the gilded age had to offer The book ends with the lines To the end he remained as much an enigma and prodigy to himself as he was to the thousands at the Brick Presbyterian Very interesting examination of Twain s literary life The biography begins when he started writing so there s nothin...


  10. says:

    I ll continue reading this through my Mark Twain class, but in general, it is not for me One, I hate biographies anyway, because they just tend to be a cycle of fact place interesting tidbit fact place interesting tidbit This is no doubt a fully informative and interesting work especially because it elucidates Clemens dual personality , but it is nevertheless not my cup of tea I will slip it onto my gave up on shelf and probably never look at it until I need an interesting factoid ther I ll continue...