Mark Twain: A Life

Simon and Schuster, 20.09.2005 - 592 Seiten
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Ron Powers’s tour de force has been widely acclaimed as the best life and times, filled with Mark Twain’s voice, and as a great American story.

Samuel Clemens, the man known as Mark Twain, invented the American voice and became one of our greatest celebrities. His life mirrored his country's, as he grew from a Mississippi River boyhood in the days of the frontier, to a Wild-West journalist during the Gold Rush, to become the king of the eastern establishment and a global celebrity as America became an international power. Along the way, Mark Twain keenly observed the characters and voices that filled the growing country, and left us our first authentically American literature. Ron Powers's magnificent biography offers the definitive life of the founding father of our culture.

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Nutzerbericht  - gmicksmith - LibraryThing

With a Twainian twist or two in his own words Powers seeks to reveal the fascinating, contradictory, and ornery character that is Mark Twain. In this endeavor he is largely successful given the fact ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Nutzerbericht  - michaelbartley - LibraryThing

a nice read about mark twain, he was certainly the voice of the common person. along with henry james he brought amer. lit to the notice of the world. he was a huge figure, a real people mag ... Vollständige Rezension lesen


Epigraph Prologue
Something at Once Awful and Sublime 183539
The White Town Drowsing 1839
Of Words and the Word 184042
The Hannibal Decade 184353
Apprentice 184851
Rambler 185253
So Far from Home 185356
Sociable Jimmy 187172
The Lion of London 187273
Gilded 187374
Quarry Farm and Nook Farm 187475
The Man in the Moon 1875
It Befell Yt One Did Breake Wind 1876
Gods Fool 1877
Abroad Again 187879

The Language of Water 185658
Ranger 185861
Washoe 186162
A Journalistic Counterculture 186263
Mark TwainMore of Him 1863
Code Duello 186364
A Villainous Backwoods Sketch 186465
And I Began to Talk 186566
On the Road 186667
Back East 1867
movemoveMove 1867
In the Thrall of Mother Bear October 1867New Years Day 1868
A Work Humorously Inclined FebruaryJuly 1868
The Girl in the Miniature July 1868October 1868
American Vandal OctoberDecember 1868
Quite Worthy of the Best 1869
Fairyland 1870
My Hated Nom de Plume 1871
A Personal Hatred for Humbug 1880
A Powerful Good Time 188182
All Right Then 188283
The American Novel 188485
Roll Over Lord Byron 188687
I Have Fed So Full on Sorrows 188790
We Are Skimming Along Like Paupers 1891June 1893
Savior 189394
ThunderStroke 189596
Exile and Return 18961900
Sitting in Darkness 19001905
Chapter the Last
Acknowledgments Photographs
About the Author

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Über den Autor (2005)

Ron Powers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy Award-winning writer and critic, has studied and written about Mark Twain for many years. He is the author of ten books, including Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain, and the coauthor of two, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers. He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.

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