The Cambridge Introduction To Mark Twain by Peter MessentThe Cambridge Introduction To Mark Twain by Peter Messent

The Cambridge Introduction To Mark Twain

byPeter Messent

Paperback | April 9, 2007

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Mark Twain is a central figure in nineteenth-century American literature, and his novels are among the best-known and most often studied texts in the field. This clear and incisive 2007 introduction provides a biography of the author and situates his works in the historical and cultural context of his times. Peter Messent gives accessible but penetrating readings of the best-known writings including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He pays particular attention to the way Twain's humour works and how it underpins his prose style. The final chapter provides up-to-date analysis of the recent critical reception of Twain's writing, and summarises the contentious and important debates about his literary and cultural position. The guide to further reading will help those who wish to extend their research and critical work on the author. This book will be of outstanding value to anyone coming to Twain for the first time.
Peter Messent is Professor of Modern American Literature at the University of Nottingham.
Title:The Cambridge Introduction To Mark TwainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:152 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.31 inPublished:April 9, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521670756

ISBN - 13:9780521670753


Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Mark Twain's life; 2. Contexts; 3. Works; 4. Critical reception and the late works; Guide to further reading.