20. At the Modernist Margin

Mark Twain

  1. G. R. Thompson

Published Online: 14 OCT 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch20

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

Reading the American Novel 1865-1914

How to Cite

Thompson, G. R. (2011) At the Modernist Margin, in Reading the American Novel 1865-1914, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444344271.ch20

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 OCT 2011
  2. Published Print: 16 SEP 2011

Book Series:

  1. Reading the Novel

Book Series Editors:

  1. Daniel R. Schwarz

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631234067

Online ISBN: 9781444344271



  • Mark Twain, at the modernist margin;
  • Linda Wagner-Martin, that American modernism must include Faulkner;
  • Modern, modernist, and modernism, according to context;
  • romance-realism-naturalism-modernism paradigm;
  • from impressionism to expressionism;
  • The Celebrated Frog of Calaveras County, No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger;
  • Hadleyburg, story of corruptibility of a community;
  • comedy as “tragedy trap”;
  • The Mysterious Stranger, corrupted mélange of manuscripts;
  • Coda, Mon semblable, mon frére


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Historical Discriminations

  • Letters from Somewhere: From the Great Dark to the Great Emptiness

  • Unraveling the Mysterious Stranger Texts

  • No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger

  • Coda