Category: Mark Twain

Thoughts: Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven by Mark Twain

  Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven by Mark Twain Final Verdict: 3.5 out of 4.0 YTD: 37 Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven is a satire of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward’s The Gates Ajar, which was published in 1868 and became…

Review: The Autobiography of Mark Twain

The Autobiography of Mark Twain Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 20  Charles Neider considered Twain’s Autobiography to be “a classic of American letters, to be ranked with the autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin and Henry Adams.”  While I haven’t read the Adams autobiography,…

Brief Thoughts on 8 Books

The books listed below are those I read for last week’s Read-a-Thon.  I planned not to write a review for each, because I don’t really have time to play catch-up on 8 book reviews, particularly with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) starting in two…

Review: Who is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain

Who is Mark Twain? By Mark Twain Final Verdict: 3.75 out of 4.0 YTD: 14 Plot/Story: 4 – Plot/Story is interesting/believable and impacful Who is Mark Twain? is a collection of short stories, essays and letters, published posthumously by Twain’s editors.  It encompasses a…

Censoring Mark Twain: A Literary Embarrassment

Censoring Mark Twain: A Literary Embarrassment NewSouth Books is publishing an edition of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn that removes every occurrence of the “n-word” and replaces it with the word “slave.” I am outraged by this desecration of a classic American masterpiece – the…

Review: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

With each new encounter, Twain proves himself to me to be both brilliant and complicated. The Prince and the Pauper is a tale of cautious optimism; unlike later works (Huck Finn, The Mysterious Stranger), in The Prince and the Pauper, Twain seems to still…

Review: The Earlies Part 1

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe Liked it a lot. Didactic, of course – but not as incredible as I has assumed it would be. Then again, put into historical context, maybe it is (was) quite amazing. Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson Where has this…

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