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By Shelley Fisher Fishkin

ISBN-10: 0195132920

ISBN-13: 9780195132922

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ISBN-13: 9780195132939

ISBN-10: 0195302281

ISBN-13: 9780195302288

Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens), a former printer's apprentice, journalist, steamboat pilot, and miner, is still to today some of the most enduring and cherished of America's nice writers. Combining cultural feedback with ancient scholarship, A historic advisor to Mark Twain addresses a variety of issues appropriate to Twain's paintings, together with faith, trade, race, gender, social classification, and imperialism. like several of the ancient courses to American Authors, this quantity contains an advent, a quick biography, a bibliographic essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's existence and times.

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Injun Joe is the novel’s principal figure of darkness, an abused outcast, who lurks along the margins of society, seeking bloody-minded revenge. The real Hannibal had many and similar horrors. ”47 The episode later served as the source for the Boggs murder in Huckleberry Finn. Equally unforgettable was the corpse of the stabbed emigrant that Sam fell upon in his father’s office one evening, and that he describes in detail in The Innocents Abroad. “Villagers of –,” a fragmentary manuscript written in , is replete with kindred memories, ghastly and pathetic.

Autobiographical narrative, then, has its first motive the retrieval of experience from encroaching disorder—the discovery and articulation, or construction, of a coherent self. Its second, no less urgent motive is to redeem the life that it describes, to give it value. The first motive explains the initiating impulse to tell; the second motive explains the impulse to bring the narrative to a satisfactory conclusion. The two motives are doubtless closely linked, for the initiating impulse to tell will arise and proceed confidently only when the prospect of satisfactory closure is good.

His letters home are energized by delight in such big city attractions as P. T. Barnum’s  Mark Twain Museum and the World’s Fair, by the discovery of his ability to support himself working in print shops, and by accounts of his sojourns in Philadelphia and Washington. In the spring of , Sam returned home and worked for the next three years as a printer-journalist in St. Louis and other towns along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. In April , en route from Cincinnati to New Orleans, he met Horace Bixby, a veteran steamboat pilot, who agreed to take him on as an apprentice (or “cub”) pilot for $.

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