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My Mark Twain
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920.
Publication Information:
Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, [1997]

Physical Description:
xii, 186 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
General Note:
Originally published: New York : Harper & Brothers, 1910.
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PS1331 .H6 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS1331 .H6 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Warm, compassionate, beautifully written work offers unparalleled perceptions of celebrated humorist's faults, foibles, and personality, as well as insights into the spirit and style of his writing. Includes reviews of Innocents Abroad, Roughing It, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and other works. It is a "work of art and a work of genius." -- Henry Steele Commager.

Author Notes

William Dean Howells was born in Martin's Ferry, Ohio on March 1, 1837. He dropped out of school to work as a typesetter and a printer's apprentice. He taught himself through intensive reading and the study of Spanish, French, Latin, and German. He wrote a campaign biography of Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Lincoln appointed him U.S. consul in Venice, Italy in 1861 as a reward. After returning to the U.S. several years later, he became an assistant editor for The Atlantic Monthly, later becoming editor from 1871 to 1881. He also wrote columns for Harper's New Monthly Magazine and occasional pieces for The North American Review. As an editor and critic, he was a proponent of American realism.

Although he wrote over a 100 books in various genres including novels, poems, literary criticism, plays, memoirs, and travel narratives, he is best known for his realistic fiction. His novels include A Modern Instance, The Rise of Silas Lapham, A Hazard of New Fortunes, The Undiscovered Country, A Chance Acquaintance, An Imperative Duty, Annie Kilburn, and The Coast of Bohemia.

He received several honorary degrees from universities as well as a Gold Medal for fiction (later renamed after him as the Howells Medal) from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He died from pneumonia on May 11, 1920.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Howells and Twain were pals for 40 years. In 1910, Howells published this collection of anecdotes and observations about his friend gleaned from firsthand experience. The book also includes Howells's reviews of several of Twain's books. A pleasant sojourn for Twain fans. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.