Mark Twain : selected writings of an American skeptic / edited by Victor Doyno ; foreword by Leslie Fiedler.

Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 [Browse]
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Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1995.
xv, 450 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm


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  • This unique volume collects - from an amazing array of fiction, essays, speeches, private correspondence, and previously unpublished material - writings that reveal Twain's practical and philosophical skepticism. Doyno includes selections from such masterworks as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Prince and the Pauper, as well as lesser-known works on various topics, such as Christian Science, Joan of Arc, Bible teaching, and patriotism.
  • Twain's characteristic wit and penetrating skeptical intelligence are apparent throughout. For general readers and scholars of American literature alike, this collection provides a convenient resource that will spark many debates.
  • Foreword: Subversive Mark Twain / Leslie Fiedler
  • Introduction: Mark Twain, American Doubter
  • I. Early Writings and Travel Literature. Juvenilia and Early Journalism. The Innocents Abroad. Roughing It
  • II. A Serious Comedian. Sketches New and Old. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. A Tramp Abroad. A Short Story: "Edward Mills and George Benton" The Prince and the Pauper
  • III. Prime Twain. Life on the Mississippi. Gerhardt Letter. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. The American Claimant. Tom Sawyer Abroad. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson. In Defense of Harriet Shelley
  • IV. The Icy Perceptive Stare. Short Writings. The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. Following the Equator. To the Person Sitting in Darkness. What Is Man? Christian Science
  • V. Letters
  • VI. Posthumous Publications. A Word of Encouragement for Our Blushing Exiles. As Regards Patriotism. Bible Teaching and Religious Practice. The War Prayer.
  • Corn-Pone Opinions. Letters from the Earth. Unpublished Autobiographical Dictation.
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