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Mark Twain: A Life

Format:  Paperback,

719 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: May 2006

ISBN-13: 9780743249010

ISBN-10: 0743249011

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Samuel Clemens, the man known as Mark Twain, invented the American voice and became one of our greatest celebrities. His life mirrored his country's, as he grew from a Mississippi River boyhood in the days of the frontier, to a Wild-West journalist during the Gold Rush, to become the king of the eastern establishment and a global celebrity as America became an international power. Along the way, Mark Twain keenly observed the characters and voices that filled the growing country, and left us our first authentically American literature. Ron Powers's magnificent biography offers the definitive life of the founding father of our culture.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: May 2006
ISBN-13: 9780743249010
ISBN-10: 0743249011
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 719
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.05
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 743249011

Chapter outline

Prologuep. 1
Something at Once Awful and Sublime" (1835-39)p. 7
The White Town, Drowsing ..." (1839)p. 16
Of Words and the Word (1840-42)p. 25
The Hannibal Decade (1843-53)p. 32
Apprentice (1848-51)p. 45
Rambler (1852-53)p. 52
So Far from Home ..." (1853-56)p. 62
The Language of Water (1856-58)p. 74
Ranger (1858-61)p. 92
Washoe (1861-62)p. 101
A Journalistic Counterculture (1862-63)p. 110
Mark Twain-More of Him" (1863)p. 118
Code Duello (1863-64)p. 129
A Villainous Backwoods Sketch (1864-65)p. 143
... And I Began to Talk" (1865-66)p. 157
On the Road (1866-67)p. 165
Back East (1867)p. 175
move-move-Move!" (1867)p. 187
Pilgrims and Sinners (1867)p. 197
In the Thrall of Mother Bear (October 1867-New Year's Day 1868)p. 217
AWork Humorously Inclined ..." (February-July 1868)p. 230
The Girl in the Miniature (July 1868-October 1868)p. 240
American Vandal (October-December 1868)p. 253
Quite Worthy of the Best" (1869)p. 263
Fairyland (1870)p. 279
My Hated Nom de Plume ..." (1871)p. 293
Sociable Jimmy (1871-72)p. 306
The Lion of London (1872-73)p. 319
Gilded (1873-74)p. 335
Quarry Farm and Nook Farm (1874-75)p. 348
The Man in the Moon (1875)p. 366
It Befell Yt One Did Breake Wind ..." (1876)p. 382
God's Fool (1877)p. 398
Abroad Again (1878-79)p. 414
A Personal Hatred for Humbug" (1880)p. 432
A Powerful Good Time" (1881-82)p. 448
All Right, Then ..." (1882-83)p. 464
The American Novel (1884-85)p. 481
Roll Over, Lord Byron (1886-87)p. 505
I Have Fed So Full on Sorrows ..." (1887-90)p. 518
We Are Skimming Along Like Paupers ..." (1891-June 1893)p. 534
Savior (1893-94)p. 552
Thunder-Stroke (1895-96)p. 563
Exile and Return (1896-1900)p. 580
Sitting in Darkness (1900-1905)p. 599
Chapter the Lastp. 618
Notesp. 629
Bibliographyp. 683
Acknowledgmentsp. 691
Indexp. 695

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2006-06-01)

Few American authors have attracted more biographical studies than Mark Twain. Many of those studies are excellent, though none has won recognition as the definitive biography. This new book by Powers is a strong contender for that title. Easily the best full-length biography of Twain in at least four decades, it draws on many previously unused primary sources, offers both breadth and depth, and is elegantly written. Powers is a distinguished writer in his own right and has previously written three other books on Twain.

As a native of Hannibal, MO-Twain's hometown-the author adds a unique feeling for place to his skills as a writer and his feel for American voices. The Twain he reveals here is a fully rounded human being, whose triumphs and failings are chronicled in rich detail-and what a life he led! Libraries should acquire both the audio and print editions, but a special feature of the audio program is Powers's reading, and a superb job it is-a most unusual feat for an author. "Highly recommended" seems inadequate for an audiobook of this quality.

-R. Kent Rasmussen, Thousand Oaks, CA

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Awards and Recognitions

  • National Book Critics Circle Awards, 2006 (United States)

Book description

Samuel Clemens, the man known as Mark Twain, invented the American voice and became one of our greatest celebrities. His life mirrored his country's, as he grew from a Mississippi River boyhood in the days of the frontier, to a Wild-West journalist during the Gold Rush, to become the king of the eastern establishment and a global celebrity as America became an international power. Along the way, Mark Twain keenly observed the characters and voices that filled the growing country, and left us our first authentically American literature. Ron Powers's magnificent biography offers the definitive life of the founding father of our culture.

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