A selective list of online literary criticism for the nineteenth-century American novelist and story writer Mark Twain, favoring signed articles and articles published in peer-reviewed sources
Covers American regional literature in New England, the South, Midwest, Great Plains, and West. Includes Mark Twain. Prof. Donna Campbell's web site.
Mark Twain was a famous American author who wrote about Slavery and contributed to American History by offering his own unique writing style to the world....
Twain's rise to fame is merely a tessera in his life, four other epochs of Twain's life are; his early years, Twain's young adulthood, financial decline, and his late life.
complacently showing off our grace of form and our dainty iridescent colors; then we vanish with a little puff, leaving nothing behind but a memory…there is not one of us who is not willing to confess that he is really only a soap-bubble, and as little worth the making” (Twain, Mark).
Its ultimate purpose is to produce a digital critical edition, fully annotated, of everything Mark Twain wrote. MTPO is by the Mark Twain Papers and Project of The Bancroft Library in collaboration with the University of California Press; the site is hosted by UC Berkeley's Library Systems Office. During 2005–8 the California Digital Library collaborated in MTPO's creation and initial development.
Bercovitch, Sacvan. A renowned Americanist approaches the American "national epic." "Mark Twain's humor is deadpan at its best, and is his funniest book. The novel draws on techniques from all three stages of his career, from his early slap-stick tales of the Wild West to his savage satires of the Gilded Age." 20, 1 (Winter, 1999) [free at jstor, click "Preview" or "Read Online"].
In his mature writing life, however,Mark Twain began to lay bare truths about racial oppression with a particularvigor, using a new and democratic literary language that would foreverchange American prose. Mark Twain faced the onset of European and American imperialism at theend of the 19th century with an acute understanding that white racism deniedthe very humanity of people of darker skin.
From a more appreciative and open-minded perspective, one would easily witness how Mark Twain’s novel has the makings of a transcendence over all American works, and is the most essential read, one that truly embodies the framework of America.
In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses several symbols, particularly the raft, the presence of the Duke and the King, and Tom Sawyer’s Romanticism contrasting with Huck’s Realism to illuminate one of the most prominent ideas in the novel; Freedom versus Civilization and the bondage of belonging to society.
I went often to look at the collection of curiosities in Heidelberg Castle,and one day I surprised the keeper of it with my German. I spoke entirely inthat language. He was greatly interested; and after I had talked a while hesaid my German was very rare, possibly a "unique"; and wanted to add it to hismuseum.
If he had known what it had cost me to acquire my art, he would also haveknown that it would break any collector to buy it. Harris and I had been hardat work on our German during several weeks at that time, and although we hadmade good progress, it had been accomplished under great difficulty andannoyance, for three of our teachers had died in the mean time. A person whohas not studied German can form no idea of what a perplexing language itis.
In “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, the two main characters, Huck and Jim, find peace on the Mississippi as they spend endless nights floating down stream....
Mr. Lewis was able to clear his sixty-four-acre farm of allencumbrance. Furthermore, he entered the employ of Mr. Langdon ascoachman and faithfully performed his duties for many years. He andMark Twain became intimate friends and spent much time together. Theywere frequently photographed together. Whenever the noted writervisited the Langdons - and much of his writing took place on the QuarryFarm, which Mr. Lewis cultivated - these two friends were oftentogether. Twain was a good judge of mankind and one day, in referringto Mr. Lewis in a picture of both of them, said, "The colored man. . .is John T. Lewis, a friend of mine. These many years - thirty-four infact. He was my father-in-law’s coachman forty years ago; was manyyears a farmer of Quarry Farm, and is still my neighbor. I have notknown an honester man nor a more respect-worthy one. Twenty-seven yearsago, by the prompt and intelligent exercise of his courage, presence ofmind and extraordinary strength, he saved the lives of three relativesof mine, whom a runaway horse was hurrying to destruction. Naturally Ihold him in high and grateful regard."
, by Freeman Ankrum.