By Larzer Ziff
Mark Twain towered above the yank literary panorama. With a global popularity more than that of statesmen, scientists, or entertainers, Twain was once in his personal phrases "the such a lot conspicuous guy at the planet." Now, during this great recounting of his profession, Larzer Ziff deals an incisive, illuminating examine one of many giants of yank letters.
Mark Twain emerges during this ebook as whatever of a paradox. His humor made him wealthy and recognized, yet he was once unsatisfied with the function of stand-up comedian. He satirized the rapacious financial practices of his society, but was once stuck up in these very practices himself. He used to be a literary genius who revolutionized the nationwide literature, but was once not able to withstand no matter what quirky inspiration or funny story that crossed his brain, frequently straying from his plot or contradicting his subject. Ziff deals a full of life account of Twain's early years, explores all his significant fiction, and concludes with a attention of his craftsmanship and his power as a cultural critic. He bargains quite telling perception into Twain's trip writings, delivering for instance an insightful account of Following the Equator, probably Twain's so much underrated paintings. through the ebook, Ziff examines Twain's writings in mild of the literary cultures of his day--from frontier humorists to Matthew Arnold--and of parallel literary works of his time--comparing, for instance, A Connecticut Yankee with significant utopian works of a similar decade. hence the booklet is either a piece of literary feedback and of cultural history.
Compact and gleaming, right here then is a useful advent to Mark Twain, shooting the humor and the contradictions of America's such a lot cherished author.
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