Mark Twain: A Short Introduction

Mark Twain: A Short Introduction

Author(s): Stephen Railton

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

Print ISBN: 9780631234739

Online ISBN: 9780470690215

DOI: 10.1002/9780470690215

About this Book

This book introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Pudd'nhead Wilson.


  • Introduces Mark Twain through close readings of his seven major works, including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, Connecticut Yankee and Pudd'nhead Wilson.
  • Investigates the tension between the real-life person, Samuel Clemens, and the fictional person, Mark Twain.
  • Provides an original reading of Twain's obsession with performance and popularity.
  • Analyses the significance of Twain's books for American culture and identity.
  • Illustrated with images from first editions of Twain's works.
  • A short appendix directs readers to the author's award-winning website on 'Mark Twain in his Times'.

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