Mark Twain, Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter (Paperback)

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ITEM#: 13534806

James E. Caron is Associate Professor of English at the University of Hawaii and coeditor of Sut Lovingood’s Nat’ral Born Yarnspinner: Essays on George Washington Harris.

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 craft?but already ?playin? hell? with the world. In the first book in more than fifty years to examine the initial phase of Samuel Clemens?s writing career, James Caron draws on contemporary scholarship and his own careful readings to offer a fresh and comprehensive perspective on those early years?and to challenge many long-standing views of Mark Twain?s place in the tradition of American humor.

Tracing the arc of Clemens?s career from self-described ?unsanctified newspaper reporter? to national author between 1862 and 1867, Caron reexamines the early and largely neglected writings?especially the travel letters from Hawaii and the letters chronicling Clemens?s 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 career?even the virtually forgotten pieces from the San Francisco Morning Call in 1864?to reveal how Mark Twain?s humor was shaped by the sociocultural context and how it catered to his audience?s sensibilities while unpredictably transgressing its standards.

Caron reveals how Sam Clemens?s 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 Twain?s cultural significance, Caron draws on anthropological insights from Victor Turner and others to compare the performative aspects of Clemens?s 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 ...

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ISBN 9780826219558
Genre LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
Format Paperback
Pages 464
Publisher Date 2011-09-01 00:00:00.0
Publisher Univ of Missouri Pr
Height 9.0 in
Wdth 6.0 in
Thickness 1.25 in
Unit weight 1.65 lb
Language English
Series Name Mark Twain & His Circle
Edition Number 2
Audience College/higher education
Authors Caron, James E.
Country of Origin United States

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