Mainly the truth: interviews with Mark Twain
Mainly the Truth: Interviews with Mark Twain is a collection of the most colorful and vivacious interviews that Mark Twain gave to newspapers and reporters throughout his career. A master storyteller and raconteur, Twain understood the value of publicity, and these interviews capture Twain both at his most lively and in moments of candor and introspection. In his interviews, Twain discussed such topical issues as hazing and civil service reform, and more enduring concerns, such as his lecture style, his writings, government corruption, humor, his bankruptcy, racism, women’s suffrage, imperialism, international copyright, and his impressions of other writers (Howells, Gorky, George Bernard Shaw, Tennyson, Longfellow, Kipling, Hawthorne, Dickens, Bret Harte, among others). These interviews are both oral performances in their own right and a new basis for evaluating contemporary responses to Twain’s writings.
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Mainly the truth: interviews with Mark TwainUser Review - Book Verdict
In this pared-down version of Scharnhorst's (Distinguished Professor of English, Univ. of New Mexico) earlier Mark Twain: The Complete Interviews, the editor has selected 128 interviews from the 250-plus in the previous book to provide what he considers a "fair sampling" of the whole. They are organized chronologically into short sections related to Twain's travels. Scharnhorst introduces each section with a brief paragraph, only a little information. Twain's interviews let the reader see him as his contemporaries did. He was a master of using the news media to discuss his political and literary views, and this collection shows how his opinions shifted and grew with his travels and the passage of time. For libraries that already possess The Complete Interviews, this book presents nothing new. Other libraries with American literature collections will definitely want to add this slim work.-Paolina Taglienti, Las Vegas Coll., NV
Review: Mainly the Truth: Interviews with Mark TwainUser Review - Goodreads
Short interviews of Twain by newspaper reporters. A good read for fans of Twain - nice insights about his manerisms, personality and opinions of his day.
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