6. Mark Twain and the American Comic Short Story

  1. Alfred Bendixen Professor founder Executive Director2 and
  2. James Nagel Professor Rockefeller Fellow3
  1. David E. E. Sloane Professor past president Fellow

Published Online: 16 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch6

A Companion to the American Short Story

A Companion to the American Short Story

How to Cite

Sloane, D. E. E. (2010) Mark Twain and the American Comic Short Story, in A Companion to the American Short Story (eds A. Bendixen and J. Nagel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444319910.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Texas A&M University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Georgia, USA

Author Information

  1. University of New Haven, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 19 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405115438

Online ISBN: 9781444319910

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Keywords:

  • Mark Twain and the American comic short story;
  • Mark Twain, ranking among the great short story writers in the world;
  • British and European models - for comic short story or humorous episodic adventure abounding;
  • The Travels and Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen - in references to Twain;
  • British influences on American comic writers - episodic classic, Laurence Sterne's Life and Adventures of Tristram Shandy, Esq.;
  • politics, courtship, and local swaps and commercial ventures - much of content of the genre Haliburton displays;
  • Twain representing the high-water mark of comic short story tradition;
  • In “How to Tell a Story,” Twain laying out four parameters of short story for vocal telling;
  • Twain, master at developing snapper lines - and topping snapper lines with even more snapper lines;
  • the American comic short story - coming to its highest point with Mark Twain's “A True Story”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading