This book introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Pudd'nhead Wilson. * Introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Pudd'nhead Wilson. * Investigates the tension between the real-life person, Samuel Clemens, and the fictional person, Mark Twain. * Provides an original reading of Twain's obsession with performance and popularity. * Analyses the significance of Twain's books for American culture and identity. * Illustrated with images from first editions of Twain's works. * A short appendix directs readers to the author's award-winning website on 'Mark Twain in his Times'.
Stephen Railton is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. His previous books include
Fenimore Cooper: A Study of his Imagination (1978) and
Authorship and Audience: Literary Performance in the American Renaissance (1991). He is the creator of two major websites on
Uncle Tom s Cabin & American Culture and
Mark Twain in His Times