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A historical guide to Mark Twain
Fishkin, Shelley Fisher.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
viii, 318 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
General Note:
"Cover art: Page One of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, courtesy of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library."--Back cover.

Gift of the publisher.
Local Note:
Letter from the publisher with a completed release form, requesting to use a copy of Mark Twain's handwriting, laid in.
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Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens), a former printer's apprentice, journalist, steamboat pilot, and miner, remains to this day one of the most enduring and beloved of America's great writers. Combining cultural criticism with historical scholarship, A Historical Guide to Mark Twain addresses awide range of topics relevant to Twain's work, including religion, commerce, race, gender, social class, and imperialism. Like all of the Historical Guides to American Authors, this volume includes an introduction, a brief biography, a bibliographic essay, and an illustrated chronology of theauthor's life and times.

Author Notes

Harold K. Bush, Jr. teaches American literature and culture at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri
Gregg Camfield is a professor of American literature at the University of the Pacific
Shelley Fisher Fishkin is a professor of American studies and English and Chair of the Department of American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin
Susan K. Harris is professor of American literature at Penn State University
Forrest G. Robinson is professor of American studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz
Robert Weir is an associate professor of liberal studies at Bay Path College, Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He is currently a Senior Fulbright Research Fellow in New Zealand
Jim Zwick has published numerous articles about the Anti-Imperialist League and Mark Twain's anti-imperialist writings. He is also the creator of the Mark Twain, Anti-Imperialism in the United States, 1898-1935, and other sites at

Table of Contents

Shelley Fisher FishkinForrest RobinsonHarold K. Bush, Jr.Gregg CamfieldShelley Fisher FishkinSusan K. HarrisRobert E. WeirJim ZwickShelley Fisher Fishkin
Introductionp. 3
Mark Twain, 1835-1910: A Brief Biographyp. 13
Twain in His Time
"A Moralist in Disguise": Mark Twain and American Religionp. 55
A Republican Artisan in the Court of King Capital: Mark Twain and Commercep. 95
Mark Twain and Racep. 127
Mark Twain and Genderp. 163
Mark Twain and Social Classp. 195
Mark Twain and Imperialismp. 227
Illustrated Chronologyp. 257
Bibliographical Essayp. 279
Contributorsp. 299
Indexp. 303