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x, 325 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Longtime admirers of Mark Twain are aware of how integral animals were to his work as a writer, from his first stories through his final years, including many pieces that were left unpublished at his death. This beautiful volume, illustrated with 30 new images by master engraver Barry Moser, gathers writings from the full span of Mark Twain's career and elucidates his special attachment to and regard for animals. What may surprise even longtime readers and fans is that Twain was an early and ardent animal welfare advocate, the most prominent American of his day to take up that cause. Edited and selected by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, who has also supplied an introduction and afterword, "Mark Twain's Book of Animals" includes stories that are familiar along with those that are appearing in print for the first time.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520248557 20160528
Green Library
AMSTUD-68N-01, ENGLISH-68N-01
Book
viii, 383 p. : ill., facsims. ; 22 cm.
The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based, with typesetting errors corrected, on the first United States edition (1876), the most authoritative of the editions published in Mark Twain's lifetime. The backgrounds and contexts section provides students with the source materials cited by critics, along with lesser known but valuable contextual materials. Seven diverse critical interpretations of the novel are included with a chronology and bibliography.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780393926033 20160528
Green Library
AMSTUD-68N-01, ENGLISH-68N-01
Book
xix, 471 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins is Twain's most overt treatment of the moral and societal implications of slavery in America. This is the only edition available that is based on a completely re-edited text, accounting for all versions that Twain might have written or influenced. All textual variants, accepted or rejected, are included. The criticism section includes twenty-three reviews and interpretative essays, eight of them new to this edition.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780393925357 20160528
Green Library
AMSTUD-68N-01, ENGLISH-68N-01
Video
1 videodisc (220 min.) : sd., b&w with col. sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
Recounts Mark Twain's life told primarily through his own words. Includes interviews with Hal Holbrook, Arthur Miller, William Styron and many others.
Media & Microtext Center
AMSTUD-68N-01, ENGLISH-68N-01
Book
xii, 233 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  • List of Illustrations Foreword Is He Dead? by Mark Twain Afterword Notes Acknowledgments.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520239791 20160528
The University of California Press is delighted to announce the new publication of this three-act play by one of America's most important and well-loved writers. A highly entertaining comedy that has never appeared in print or on stage, "Is He Dead?" is finally available to the wide audience Mark Twain wished it to reach. Written in 1898 in Vienna as Twain emerged from one of the deepest depressions of his life, the play shows its author's superb gift for humor operating at its most energetic. The text of "Is He Dead?", based on the manuscript in the "Mark Twain Papers", appears here together with an illuminating essay by renowned Mark Twain scholar Shelley Fisher Fishkin and with Barry Moser's original woodcut illustrations in a volume that will surely become a treasured addition to the Mark Twain legacy. Richly intermingling elements of burlesque, farce, and social satire with a wry look at the world market in art, "Is He Dead?" centers on a group of poor artists in Barbizon, France, who stage the death of a friend to drive up the price of his paintings. In order to make this scheme succeed, the artists hatch some hilarious plots involving cross-dressing, a full-scale fake funeral, lovers' deceptions, and much more. Mark Twain was fascinated by the theater and made many attempts at playwriting, but this play is certainly his best. "Is He Dead?" may have been too 'out there' for the Victorian 1890s, but today's readers will thoroughly enjoy Mark Twain's well-crafted dialogue, intriguing cast of characters, and above all, his characteristic ebullience and humor. In Shelley Fisher Fishkin's estimation, it is 'a champagne cocktail of a play - not too dry, not too sweet, with just the right amount of bubbles and buzz'.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520239791 20160528
Green Library
AMSTUD-68N-01, ENGLISH-68N-01
Book
xxvii, 561 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
This is the first edition of "Huckleberry Finn" ever to be based on Mark Twain's entire original manuscript - including its first 663 pages, which had been lost for more than a hundred years when they were discovered in 1990 in a Los Angeles attic. The text of the "Mark Twain Library" edition (first published in 1985) has been re-edited using this manuscript, restoring thousands of details of wording, spelling, and punctuation that had been corrupted by Mark Twain's typist, typesetters, and proofreaders. The revised "Mark Twain Library Huckleberry Finn" is sure to become the standard edition for all students and readers of Mark Twain. The authoritative new edition of this beloved work includes all of the 174 first-edition illustrations by Edward Windsor Kemble, which the author called 'rattling good'. It also contains a new gathering of manuscript pages, photographically reproduced, and an appendix of passages from the manuscript, including the long-lost 'ghost story', which illustrate how extensively Mark Twain revised his work. The editors have also revised and updated their explanatory notes, the maps of the Mississippi River valley, and the glossary of slang and dialect words. The story of Huck and his companion Jim, a runaway slave, as they travel down the Mississippi to escape from slavery and 'sivilization' has been delighting readers around the world since Twain first published it in 1885. Simply put, it is a masterpiece: revolutionary in its narrative method, surpassingly funny, and at the same time deeply perceptive about human nature. No other American novel of the nineteenth century still commands so vast an audience, and certainly no other retains the capacity to stir controversy with its sharp satire on American racism. A responsible critical text to produce this authoritative critical text, the editors studied all aspects of Mark Twain's manuscript, working notes, proof sheets, and letters. To judge the authority of every variant, they created a unique electronic database that made it possible to analyze - by speaker and date of composition - every word in the manuscript and first edition. This title presents an inside view of how Mark Twain wrote "Huckleberry Finn". The new appendixes of "Three Passages" and "Manuscript Facsimiles" will give teachers and students as well as the general reader a close-up view of Mark Twain's writing process. They can follow the evolution of three key passages, as the author searched for the right word, the truest dialect, and the most telling description.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780520228061 20160528
Green Library
AMSTUD-68N-01, ENGLISH-68N-01
Book
xv, 575, 36, p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
One of Twain's best-loved stories next to his classic tales of Huck and Tom, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court vibrates with slapstick comedy and serious social commentary. While Hank Morgan, Twain's time-displaced Yankee traveller, keeps up a steady stream of flippancies, founding the first tabloid, the Camelot Weekly Hosannah and Literary Volcano, and organizing a game of baseball between armour-clad knights, he also keeps up a steady commentary on the social mores of King Arthur's court, criticizing the hereditary social classes and state church still strong in the Victorian England of Twain's own day, and championing women's suffrage and union labour organization. This edition of what is widely regarded as one of the first science fiction novels also features an introduction by Kurt Vonnegut, our own twentieth century master of satiric social commentary and science fiction. It also features the original illustrations by Dan Beard, chosen by Twain himself to illustrate the book, whose drawings brilliantly mix buffoonery with sharp social satire: sharp-eyed readers, for instance, will spot that the model for Merlin, Hank's nemesis, is none other than Tennyson, whose Idylls of the King made the romantic vision of King Arthur's court nearly a sacred Victorian cult. By turns side-splittingly funny and somberly thought-provoking, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is Twain at his finest.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780195101416 20160528
Green Library
AMSTUD-68N-01, ENGLISH-68N-01