Mark Twain's Humor: Critical Essays

Mark Twain's Humor: Critical Essays


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Introduction / David E.E. Sloane -- Part I. The early writings of Mark Twain : the growth of the comedian -- 'My voice is still for Setchell' : a background study of 'Jim Smiley and his jumping frog' / Edgar M. Branch -- Burlesque travel literature and Mark Twain's Roughing it / Franklin R. Rogers -- From the old Southwest / Pascal Covici, Jr. -- A curious Republican / Louis J. Budd -- Toward the novel / David E.E. Sloane -- Part II. The middle career of Mark Twain from Tom Sawyer to Pudd'nhead Wilson : the comedian as major author -- Novels of the week : The adventures of Tom Sawyer / Athenaeum -- On the structure of Tom Sawyer / Walter Blair -- Mark Twain / William Dean Howells -- Trowbridge and Clemens / Rufus A. Coleman -- Mustangs without method / Blackwood's magazine -- Mark Twain and the old time subscription book / George Ade -- Mark Twain on the lecture platform / Will M. Clemens -- Life reviews Huckleberry Finn / Durant Da Ponte -- Huckleberry Finn : the book we love to hate / Leslie A. Fiedler -- A sound heart and a deformed conscience / Henry Nash Smith -- A Connecticut Yankee anticipated : Max Adeler's Fortunate island / Edward F. Foster -- Yankee slang / James M. Cox -- I kind of love small game : Mark Twain's library of literary hogwash / Alan Gribben -- The American claimant : reclamation of a farce / Clyde Grimm -- Mark Twain -- an intimate memory / Henry Watterson -- The book hunter [review of Pudd'nhead Wilson] / The Idler -- In re 'Pudd'nhead Wilson' / Martha McCulloch Williams -- 'The tales he couldn't tell' : Mark Twain, race and culture at the century's end : a social context for Pudd'nhead Wilson / Shelley Fisher Fiskin -- Part III. The later career of Mark Twain : the comedian as a cultural representative -- Mark Twain : an inquiry / William Dean Howells -- The international fame of Mark Twain / Archibald Henderson -- An inspired critic / Edith Wyatt -- The anecdotal side of Mark Twain / Ladies' Home Journal -- 3-Mark Twain / A.C. Ward -- Review of Tom Sawyer abroad / The Academy -- 'Hadleyburg' : Mark Twain's dual attack on banal theology and banal literature / Susan K. Harris -- Is the Philippine policy of the administration just? / John Kendrick Bangs and Mark Twain -- Reconstructing the 'imagination mill' : the mystery of Mark Twain's late works / Susanne Weil -- Coming back to humor : the comic voice in Mark Twain's autobiography / Michael J. Kiskis -- 'The mysterious stranger' : absence of the female in Mark Twain biography / Laura E. Skandera-Trombley.



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New York


Mark Twain, Humor

Subject: LCSH

Twain, Mark, -- 1835-1910 -- Humor, Humorous stories, American -- History and criticism


English Language and Literature


Originally published 1993 as part of Garland studies in humor, vol. 3.; Garland reference library of the humanities, vol. 1502. Re-issued in 2017 as part of Routledge Library Editions: The Modern Novel. Find the 2017 edition in a library

Publisher Citation

Sloane, D. E. E., ed. (1993). Mark Twain's humor: Critical essays. New York: Garland Publishing.

Mark Twain's Humor: Critical Essays