Mark Twain, Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter (Paperback)
The Mark Twain and His Circle Series, edited by Tom Quirk and John Bird
Before Mark Twain became a national celebrity with his best-selling The Innocents Abroad, he was just another struggling writer perfecting his craftbut already playin hell with the world. In the first book in more than fifty years to examine the initial phase of Samuel Clemenss writing career, James Caron draws on contemporary scholarship and his own careful readings to offer a fresh and comprehensive perspective on those early yearsand to challenge many long-standing views of Mark Twains place in the tradition of American humor.
Tracing the arc of Clemenss career from self-described unsanctified newspaper reporter to national author between 1862 and 1867, Caron reexamines the early and largely neglected writingsespecially the travel letters from Hawaii and the letters chronicling Clemenss trip from California to New York City. Caron connects those sets of letters with comic materials Clemens had already published, drawing on all known items from this first phase of his careereven the virtually forgotten pieces from the San Francisco Morning Call in 1864to reveal how Mark Twains humor was shaped by the sociocultural context and how it catered to his audiences sensibilities while unpredictably transgressing its standards.
Caron reveals how Sam Clemenss contemporaries, notably Charles Webb, provided important comic models, and he shows how Clemens not only adjusted to but also challenged the guidelines of the newspapers and magazines for which he wrote, evolving as a comic writer who transmuted personal circumstances into literary art. Plumbing Mark Twains cultural significance, Caron draws on anthropological insights from Victor Turner and others to compare the performative aspects of Clemenss early work to the role of ritual clowns in traditional societies
Brimming with fresh insights into such benchmarks as Our Fellow Savages of the Sandwich Islands and Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog, this book is ...
|Genre||LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General|
|Publisher Date||2011-09-01 00:00:00.0|
|Publisher||Univ of Missouri Pr|
|Unit weight||1.65 lb|
|Series Name||Mark Twain & His Circle|
|Authors||Caron, James E.|
Questions & Answers
Shopping Tips & Inspiration
Twilight - Beyond the Novels
Twilight: Beyond the Novels from Overstock.com. Our guides provide customers with information about Twilight, the novel and advice about our many brand-name products.
Pulitzer Prize Literature Guide
Pulitzer Prize Literature Guide from Overstock.com. Looking for something to read? Here is a list of notable Pulitzer Prize-winning books.
How to Start a Book Club
How to Start a Book Club from Overstock.com. Our guides provide customers with information about how to start a book club and advice about our many brand-name products.
How to Create Your Own Reading List
How to Create Your Own Reading List from Overstock.com. Learn how to choose books that you'll enjoy and create a useful, engaging, and fun reading list.
FAQs About Banned Books
FAQs about Banned Books from Overstock.com. Celebrate the freedom to read! Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about banned books.
10 Fun Facts about Disney
10 Fun Facts about Disney from Overstock.com. Disney has a long, exciting history, and here are some fun and lesser known facts.
Tips on Selecting the Perfect Entertainment Gift
Tips on Selecting the Perfect Entertainment Gift from Overstock.com. Our guides provide customers with tips on selecting the perfect entertainment gift and advice about our many brand-name products.
Shipping & Returns
Standard Return Policy:
Items must be returned in new or unused condition and contain all original materials included with the shipment. More Details
FINAL SALE EXCLUSION: Items marked as FINAL SALE are not returnable unless the problem you experience is the result of our error.
* For your protection, all orders are screened for security purposes. If your order is selected for review, our Loss Prevention Team may contact you by phone or email. There may be a two business day delay to process your order.
** Most Oversize orders are delivered within 1-4 weeks. Some orders may take 6 weeks to be delivered.