Mark Twain's America

Mark Twain's America

A Celebration in Words and Images

Mark Twain is an American icon. We now know him as the author of classics, but in his day he was a controversial satirist and public figure who traveled the world and healed post-Civil War America with his tall tales, witty anecdotes, and humorous but insightful novels and stories. Twain’s legacy continues to flourish over 100 years after his death.

MARK TWAIN’S AMERICA features spectacular examples of Twain memorabilia and period Americana from the unsurpassed collections of the Library of Congress: rare illustrations, vintage photographs, popular and fine prints, period views, caricatures, cartoons, maps, and more. Excerpts from Twain’s writings are framed in a lively narrative by author Harry L. Katz.

Covering the years between 1850 and 1910, the book gives readers an intimate view of Twain’s many roles in life: Mississippi river boat pilot, California gold prospector, “printer’s devil” at a small-town newspaper, muckraking journalist, novelist, public speaker extraordinaire, our first major celebrity author. Through letters, political cartoons, photographs and more, MARK TWAIN’S AMERICA offers an inside look into Twain’s life as well as the literary. social, and political life of America during his time.

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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Literary

On Sale: October 21st 2014

Price: $40

Page Count: 256

ISBN-13: 9780316209397

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Praise

"Mark Twain's America is a salute from one American institution to another."—James H. Billington, Librarian on Congress
"Mark Twain's America reminds us why George Bernard Shaw called Twain 'America's Voltaire.' The man from Hannibal was a powerful voice for social change who wrote and spoke against the corruption he saw in our government, a champion of the values he learned as a child on the Missouri frontier."—Hal Holbrook, creator of Mark Twain Tonight!
"An extraordinarily good book...It's a must, and not just for Twainiacs."—Marsha Dubrow, Examiner.com