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Mark Twain: The Divided Mind of America's Best-Loved Writer

Mark Twain: The Divided Mind of America's Best-Loved Writer (Paperback)

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The life and writings of a beloved American writer illuminate the Gilded Age and reveal his ambivalence toward the changes wrought by industry and wealth. Like the steamboat on which Mark Twain adopted his pen name, the industrial growth that swept America in the latter half of the nineteenth century prompted Americans to react variously with delight, awe, fear, excitement for the future, and nostalgia for a simpler time. David Levy's biography places Mark Twain and his work in the context of sweeping societal changes: westward expansion, the Civil War, American imperialism, the end of slavery and start of a new chapter in race relations, and the advances and excesses of the Gilded Age. Paperback, brief, and inexpensive, each of the titles in the Library of American Biography series focuses on a figure whose actions and ideas significantly influenced the course of American history and national life. In addition, each biography relates the life of its subject to the broader themes and developments of the times.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: literaryEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: fiction, novelists & prose writersEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 Publisher: Pearson Education (US) Publication Date: 13/07/2010 ISBN-13: 9780205553754  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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David W. Levy is David Ross Boyd Professor of American History, Emeritus, at the University of Oklahoma, where he won the Regents' Award for Superior Teaching and the Student Association's prize for outstanding teacher. He specializes in American intellectual history. He has authored or co-edited ten books, including The Debate Over Vietnam (JHU Press, 1991), FDR's Fireside Chats (Penguin, 1993), and a new edition of William Dean Howells's 1894 novel A Traveler from Altruria (St. Martin's, 1996).

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