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The Singular Mark Twain

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The Singular Mark Twain by Fred Kaplan
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Aug 09, 2005 | ISBN 9781400095278
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“The clearest, most comprehensive portrait yet. . . . It is almost unprecedented for a truly definitive biography of a writer of Mark Twain’s stature to appear after so many years, but here it is.” –The Philadelphia Inquirer“A singularly excellent biography.” –The New York Sun“A real contribution to what we know of the writer who made the American language safe for literature. . . . A great glory of information.” –The Atlanta Journal-Constitution“ ‘Singular’ Twain is doubly good reading.” –Fort Worth Star-Telegram“An even-handed narrative, fully aware of all the biographical and critical currents at work . . . but owing allegiance to no particular theoretical or psychological school of criticism.” –Richmond Times-Dispatch“A delightful read and a storehouse of information and ideas that will be consulted for generations.” –Portland Sunday Telegram“Refreshing. . . . Full of new material.” –St. Louis Post-Dispatch“Lively. . . . Clemens feels whole because Kaplan takes the time to show him in so many different settings and situations.” –The Oregonian“Comprehensive. . . . Thoroughly researched. . . . Highly readable.” –Fort Worth Star-Telegram“A vividly detailed account. . . . Kaplan clearly shows the connection between Twain’s writing and the people and events that surrounded his life.” –Library Journal“Utimately, Kaplan’s major contribution may be in what he has taken out of the Twain mythology. No longer will Twain be referred to as an inspired primitive.” –Houston Chronicle“[Kaplan] has researched more fully and completely than any other has been able to do before. . . . Deeply detailed . . . rich with anecdote, facts and the humor that filled the man we have come to know as Mark Twain.” –Wichita Falls Times Record News

Table Of Contents

Introduction
1. The Best Boy You Had, 1835–1847
2. The Fifty-Dollar Bill, 1847–1857
3. The River, 1857–1861
4. The Mark Twain Ledge, 1861–1684
5. A Fair Wind, 1864–1866
6. Straight Gate, 1866–1867
7. And Narrow Way, 1867
8. Home and Anchorage, 1868–1870
9. Comfort, 1870–1872
10. The Lion, 1872–1874
11. God’s Fool, 1874–1879
12. Such Being My Nature, 1879–1882
13. Infinitely Shaded, 1882–1885
14. One of the Vanderbilt Gang, 1886–1891
15. Exile & Desolate, 1891–1895
16. Disappointment to the End, 1895–1896
17. Sundays in Hell, 1896–1900
18. Sweetheart of My Youth, 1900–1904
19. The Damned Human Race Luncheon Club, 1904–1910
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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