In a single, eye-opening volume, Mark Twain, Updated Edition presents complex critical analyses of this author’s work. Born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Twain, a novelist, humorist, journalist, and orator, is renowned for his wit, wisdom, and keen social commentary. He is not only one of the most quoted and widely read American authors, but his life and work continue to generate biographical and critical interest today. Bringing together a selection of the best criticism available, Harold Bloom breaks down the intricacies of Twain’s work and analyzes the ideas presented in clear, accessible language.
CONTENTS Editor's Note Introduction (Harold Bloom) Introduction to The Portable Mark Twain (Bernard DeVoto) Introduction to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (T.S. Eliot) Introduction to Pudd'nhead Wilson (F.R. Leavis) Mark Twain (Robert Penn Warren) Life on the Mississippi Revisited (James M. Cox) Introduction: Mark Twain in Context (Susan Gillman) Jimmy: Chapter One (Shelley Fisher Fishkin) Joyous Heresy: Travelling with the Innocent Abroad (Henry B. Wonham) Mark Twain's Civil War: Humor's Reconstructive Writing (Neil Schmitz) How the Boss Played the Game: Twain's Critique of Imperialism in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (John Carlos Rowe) The Eco-Criticized Huck Finn: Another Look at Nature in the Works of Mark Twain (Joseph L. Coulombe) Chronology Contributors Bibliography Acknowledgments Index