The Mythologizing of Mark Twain

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Sara Davis, Philip D. Beidler
University of Alabama Press, Oct 30, 1984 - Literary Criticism - 186 pages
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Readers of Mark Twain seldom doubt his genius, but defining that genius and locating its source continue to challenge students of American literature. Equally elusive is an explanation of the intriguing phenomenon of Twain as a mythic figure, both shaper and embodier of an American mythos. Perhaps no single critical approach can adequately assess the complex force behind Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain. This native genius, our quintessential artist, rightfully provokes a number of powerful responses, as these original essays demonstrate.
  

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Contents

Collecting the Works of Mark Twain
3
The Rockwell Illustrations
15
Mark Twain and His Legend
39
Mark Twain Funniest Man in the World
56
The Achievement of Mark Twains
77
Life on the Mississippi Revisited
99
TWAIN MYTHOLOGIZES AMERICA
117
Mark Twain and the Myth of the Daring Jest
136
Notes
158
Contributors
178
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Sara de Saussure Davis and Philip D. Beidler are on the faculty of the Department of English, The University of Alabama.

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