Posts Tagged ‘Mark Twain’

Twain Still a Crowd Pleaser a Century After Death

November 18th, 2010 No comments

mark_twainMark Twain has still got it. One hundred years after his death, the author has achieved a spot on the bestsellers list with the recently released Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 (University of California Press, 760pgs), the first in a series of three volumes. At the age of 74, just four short years before he passed away, Twain used his oratory and storytelling skills to dictate the majority of the 500,000-word autobiography to his personal secretary Isabel Van Kleek Lyon and several stenographers. According to an article in USA TODAY, “Twain ordered that the full, unexpurgated text, marked by rants against Wall Street and U.S. foreign policy, not be published until 100 years after his death.” Read more…


Remembering Mark Twain 100 Years After His Death

April 21st, 2010 No comments

mark_twainToday marks the centennial anniversary of the death of celebrated American author Mark Twain. The people and themes that Twain wrote about still strike a chord with modern audiences, as Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer remain among the world’s most beloved literary characters. Also a testament to his enduring popularity, is the fact that many of his books are still in print. In an interview with USA Today, author Wally Lamb (I Know This Much Is True) calls Twain “America’s most influential writer.” Lamb believes “Huck Finn‘s young narrator…is a prototype for J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.” Scholars and writers continue to be fascinated with Twain’s novels, as well as the rocky events of his real life. Several new books analyzing the author’s life and work are slated to be released this year, including Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens by Texas A&M professor Jerome Loving (University of California Press, 491pgs) and The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works edited by Shelley Fisher Fishkin (Library of America, 492pgs). Additionally, several new editions of his books will are schedule to be published this year in Portuguese, French, and Japanese.
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