By Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens), a former printer's apprentice, journalist, steamboat pilot, and miner, continues to be to at the present time some of the most enduring and loved of America's nice writers. Combining cultural feedback with ancient scholarship, A old consultant to Mark Twain addresses quite a lot of issues appropriate to Twain's paintings, together with faith, trade, race, gender, social type, and imperialism. like any of the historic publications to American Authors, this quantity contains an creation, a short biography, a bibliographic essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's lifestyles and times.
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Nearly thirty years later, going over the speech with Paine, Clemens at ﬁrst found it “gross, coarse . . ” Upon rereading it, however, he changed his mind completely, and judged it “just as good as it can be. It is smart; it is saturated with humor. ”70 What a striking example of the paired, virtually simultaneous impulses to reveal and to conceal the same thing! In , the year of his ﬁftieth birthday, Clemens reached his life’s zenith. ), and he was rolling in money. Huckleberry Finn and Grant’s Memoirs were both published that year; the lecture tour with Cable ended successfully (proﬁtably); and the Paige typesetter still looked very promising.
37 Rationalizing material advantage was one thing, but coming to terms with the damning sense of personal falsehood was quite another. Like Conrad, Clemens felt like a fake; he needed look no further than his famous nom de plume for a reminder. He was one thing for his family, another for his audience, and another still for Livy and the rest of the Langdons. In all these masquerades he sought comfort and personal advantage, but in none, he felt, was he true. His uneasiness on this score, as the (Burlesque) Autobiography clearly suggests, surfaced in ﬁts and starts, in painful feelings and intimations, rather than in a settled conviction.
59 It was another of those vexed episodes he came back to again and again, trying in vain to ﬁnd a version of the story he could live with. During the next two years, spent largely in California, Sam supported himself by writing for the Golden Era and the Californian, both literary magazines, the latter edited by Bret Harte, and as a reporter for the San Francisco Morning Call. His now seasoned nose for trouble led him into conﬂict with the San Francisco police, who took umbrage when he criticized them in print for corruption and mistreatment of the Chinese.
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