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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (9 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813124743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813124742
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,309,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father's death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army - although the rest of his family were Unionists! He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. He took the name from his steam-boat days - it was the river pilots' cry to let their men know that the water was two fathoms deep.

Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. The great writer Ernest Hemingway claimed that 'All modern literature stems from this one book.'

Mark Twain was soon famous all over the world. He made a fortune from writing and lost it on a typesetter he invented. He then made another fortune and lost it on a bad investment. He was an impulsive, hot-tempered man but was also quite sentimental and superstitious. He was born when Halley's Comet was passing the Earth and always believed he would die when it returned - this is exactly what happened.

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"Rachels has ably gathered some widely scattered material and sketched out a beginning at setting this literature in its context. His book leaves it to readers to take the next steps." -- John Bird, "Studies in American Culture"

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David Rachels, associate professor of English at the Virginia Military Institute, is the editor and coeditor of several books, including The First West: Writing from the American Frontier, 1776-1860.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Judy Sardello - Published on
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As you might imagine, this is not your standard informational book on the Civil War. It is a collection of stories, not necessarily true or factual. They are not meant to be. They are, nevertheless, stories that give you a deep feeling for the way it really was in Twain's area.
Embellished to the hilt. Some, hysterical. In my opinion, no one has the command of words that Twain has, and of course that is true here as well. If you want a very personal view of these men with Twain, you will have a view that you would never have expected to have. Just a bunch of hometown boys who had no idea how they got where they were, or what they were supposed to do. In one story he tells of the first shot they heard, and what did they do but turn the other way and run as fast as they could, falling over each other in the process. I highly recommend this book.
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Mark Twain's Civil War 27 April 2008
By Robert M. Shapiro - Published on
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I throughly enjoyed this book. I am a Mark Twain admirer,and I found this book to be insightful and informative.
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