Mark Twain: Protagonist for the Popular Culture

Synopsis

How did Mark Twain develop his remarkable oral style of writing that was so carefully crafted? And what can we learn about nineteenth-century America from the public speeches of his humorist and teacher who charmed the country and exported his notions of Americanism around the world? This is the very first book-length critical analysis to deal exclusively with Twain's public speaking. It brings him again as it were, to the center stage. The book offers an analysis of his rhetoric, lectures, occasional speeches, and summarizes his impact on the listeners in his time. Sixteen selected speeches exemplify his varied styles as a communicator. A chronology, lengthy bibliographical essay, and a general index are also included.