Search Results: "Mark Twain"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 20, 2001

"A coffee-table volume that someone might actually read—and enjoy. The wonders of Burns and Company never cease. (110 b&w and 40 color illustrations)"
What comes after baseball, the Civil War, and jazz? Mark Twain, of course. Read full book review >

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MARK TWAIN by Elizabeth MacLeod
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2008

Alternating pages of text with captioned collages of mostly period photos, MacLeod traces the stellar public career and unhappy private life of the "first American celebrity." Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

A fluent, tightly focused biography of a man who was born and died under two appearances of Halley's Comet, and led a restless, colorful life in between. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Still, Lyttle has delivered a superb portrait of the man. (Biography. 10+)"
In this richly detailed biography, Lyttle (Ernest Hemingway, 1992, etc.) gives young readers a Mark Twain whose life, like Huck Finn's, was defined by the American paradox: Nearly every freedom came burdened with a sense of responsibility. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"A heartwarming tribute to both the writing life in general and the well-loved humorist—oops, sorry Susy… 'Pholosopher!' (author's note, how to write a biography, time line, sources) (Picture book/biography. 8-11)"
From 1885 to '86, Mark Twain's 13-year-old daughter Susy Clemens wrote a 130-page biography of her father out of indignation: Her dear Papa was no mere humorist! Read full book review >

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MARK TWAIN REMEMBERS by Thomas Hauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"Regrettably, Hauser's Twain doesn—t write as well as the original, and the novel is riddled with lengthy passages of history that read like a college textbook—and with clichÇs that Twain would surely have eschewed."
In his first novel in eight years (The Hawthorne Group, 1991), the author of Muhammad Ali (1991) and other nonfiction draws heavily on his interest in boxing. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 20, 1995

"The Satanic Verses of its day."
From Twain scholars Baetzhold (Butler Univ.) and McCullough (Elmira College Center): an omnibus of Twain's skeptical writings, mostly fiction, about the Bible, Darwin, and evolution, along with similar 19th-century nailbiters questioning American Christianity. Read full book review >

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DEAR MARK TWAIN by R. Kent Rasmussen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2013

"Well-selected, thoroughly researched and thoughtfully annotated—a surprising, welcome addition to the apparently endless Twain shelf."
Just when we thought there was nothing else to learn about Twain, another facet of that literary jewel appears. Read full book review >

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CHANNELING MARK TWAIN by Carol Muske-Dukes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2007

"Lovely, original writing on the unlikely romance between prisoners and poetry."
An elegant piece featuring a psychic descendant of Mark Twain. Read full book review >

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THE SINGULAR MARK TWAIN by Fred Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"No real surprises here, but a welcome reminder of the contributions of a great American social critic."
An argument that the native adventurer and high Victorian author's life was not "twain," as it is sometimes presented, but unified by an unflagging belief in his own luck, a fierce social conscience, and a never-ending quest for money. Read full book review >

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THE MARK TWAIN MURDERS by Edith Skom
Released: May 10, 1989

This introduction to the Brown Bag mystery series features skulduggery in the library, throwaway quotes from John Stuart Mill, references to Martin Chuzzlewitt and Daisy Miller, and slyly wicked commentary on university foibles: publish or perish; tenure; departmental bickering. Read full book review >

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Released: June 15, 1960

"A bonanza!"
A feast for the Mark Twain fans, and a fitting commemoration of this, his 100th anniversary year. Read full book review >