Book News Following a brief Twain biography (1835-1910), six essays discuss the views expressed in Twain's writings on American religion, commerce, race relations, gender, social class, and imperialism as providing "rich insight into his country's zeitgeist." Includes an illustrated chronology and bibliographical essay by Fishkin (American studies and English, U. of Texas-Austin). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Oxford University Press Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens), a former printer's apprentice, journalist, steamboat pilot, and miner, remains to this day one of the most enduring and beloved of America's great writers. Combining cultural criticism with historical scholarship, A Historical Guide to Mark Twain addresses a wide range of topics relevant to Twain's work, including religion, commerce, race, gender, social class, and imperialism. Like all of the Historical Guides to American Authors, this volume includes an introduction, a brief biography, a bibliographic essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's life and times.