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Mark Twain : the contemporary reviews
Budd, Louis J.
Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
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xi, 656 pages ; 24 cm.
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The American Critical Archives is a series of reference books that provide representative selections of contemporary reviews of the main works of major American authors. Specifically, each volume contains both full reviews and excerpts from reviews that appeared in newspapers and weekly and monthly periodicals, generally within a few months of the publication of the work concerned. This 1999 book is a systematic, comprehensive gathering of the reviews (primarily in the United States and Britain) of Mark Twain's books published up until 1917. The reviews collected here are essential reading for anyone interested in Twain criticism and reception. In addition, by devoting attention to each individual work, the volume provides the broadest possible perspective on Twain's career.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

Budd (Duke Univ.) sets out a feast for specialists in the Twain realm because his collection offers a balanced spectrum of reviews, many them not previously available. Other collections exist, but this one is bigger and significantly more comprehensive; it represents a career-long preoccupation of its compiler. Budd covers each of Twain's published books, giving a sense of the contemporary response to the volume both in periodicals--the better-known reviews--and in newspapers--an underrepresented source. Since Twain's books were "popular" and sold door-to-door, the newspaper reviews are important, and many of them offer shrewd judgments. Reviews of Huckleberry Finn by several San Francisco writers, especially Frank Sanborn, ring like the best judgments of a thoughtful, modern analyst on the book's insights into race. Attention to even minor volumes completes the spectrum. Budd's 21-page introduction reasonably questions the value and usefulness of this kind of historical collection and makes the volume a working laboratory for the student of secondary bibliography and historical literary scholarship as a mode of studying literature. General and academic readers (upper-division undergraduate through faculty) will find this a helpful resource for spot research, easy to use and accessible. D. E. Sloane; University of New Haven

Table of Contents

1 The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras county
2 The innocents abroad
3 Mark Twain's (Burlesque) autobiography and first romance
4 Roughing it
5 A curious dream
6 The gilded age: a tale of to-day
7 Sketches, new and old
8 The adventures of Tom Sawyer
9 Mark Twain's patent self-pasting scrap book
10 A true story, and the recent carnival of crime
11 Punch, Brothers, Punch!
12 A tramp abroad
13 The Prince and the Pauper
14 The Stolen White Elephant
15 Life on the Mississippi
16 Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
17 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
18 Merry tales
19 The American Claimant
20 The £1,000,000 Bank-Note and other stories
21 Tom Sawyer abroad
22 Pudd'nhead Wilson
23 The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and The Comedy of Those Extraordinary Twins
24 Personal recollections of Joan of Arc
25 Tom Sawyer abroad
26 Tom Sawyer, Detective
27 How to Tell aStory and other essays
28 More Tramps Abroad
29 Following the Equator
30 The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
31 A Double Barrelled Detective Story
32 Extracts from Adam's Diary
33 A Dog's Tale
34 Editorial Wild Oats
35 King Leopold's soliloquy
36 Eve's Diary
37 The $30,000 Bequest and other stories
38 Christian science
39 A Horse's Tail
40 Is Shakespeare Dead?
41 Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven
42 Mark Twain's speeches
43 The mysterious stranger
44 What is Man? and other essays