SAM CLEMENS OF HANNIBAL by Dixon Wecter

SAM CLEMENS OF HANNIBAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A loving appraisement of the sources of Mark Twain's writings in his own youth. Twain's idealized early years were grist to the mill of his fertile imagination- with even his later works such as The Prince and the Pauper, and The Connecticut Yankee having roots in boyhood enthusiasms. In tapping new sources in this account that treats micro-ocopically of Twain's progenitors, Twain and the man, neighbors and playmates, much of the incidental life of Hannibal- has points of variance with the accepted biography by Albert Bigelow Paine, will make for some interesting speculation. Wecter carries his stories through to the writer's initiation into journalism, his sophomoric efforts in wit and mock heroics, and his decision to leave Hannibal for the wide world.

Pub Date: Aug. 1st, 1952
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin