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Mark Twain under fire : reception and reputation, criticism and controversy, 1851-2015 / Joe B. Fulton.

Fulton, Joe B., 1962- [Browse]
  • Rochester, New York : Camden House, 2016.
  • ©2016
xi, 291 pages : illustration ; 24 cm.
  • Studies in American literature and culture. Literary criticism in perspective. [More in this series]
  • Studies in American literature and culture: literary criticism in perspective
Summary note:
"Threatened by a rival editor brandishing a double-barreled shotgun, young Samuel Clemens had his first taste of literary criticism. Clemens began his long writing career penning satirical articles for his brother's newspaper in Hannibal, Missouri. His humor delighted everyone except his targets, and it would not be the last time his writing provoked threats of "dissection, tomahawking, libel, and getting his head shot off." Clemens adopted the name Mark Twain while living in the Nevada Territory, where his caustic comedy led to angry confrontations, a challenge to a duel, and a subsequent flight. Nursing his wounded ego in California, Twain vowed to develop a reputation that would "stand fire" and in the process became the classic American writer. Mark Twain under Fire tracks the genesis and evolution of Twain's reputation as a writer: his reception as a humorist, his "return fire" on genteel critics, and the development of academic criticism. As a history of Twain criticism, the book draws on English and foreign-language scholarship. Fulton discusses the forces and ideas that have influenced criticism, revealing how and why Mark Twain has been "under fire" from the advent of his career to the present day, when his masterpiece Huckleberry Finn remains one of America's most frequently banned books."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-265) and index.
Introduction -- "A Reputation That Can Stand Fire": Mark Twain's Early Reception through 1910 -- "All Right, Then, I'll Go to Hell": Mark Twain's Disputed Legacy, 1910-1950 -- "Only One Right Form for a Story": Mark Twain and Cold War Criticism, 1950-1970 -- "Everyone is a Moon, and Has a Dark Side": New Phases of Mark Twain Criticism from the 1970s through the 1980s -- "It is Difference of Opinion that Makes Horse-Races": Mark Twain as a Partisan in the Culture Wars, 1990s to 2015 -- Conclusion.
  • Criticism, interpretation, etc.
  • History.
  • 9781571135537 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
  • 1571135537 ((hardcover ; : alk. paper))
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