Mark Twain in Three Moods: Three New Items of Twainiana

Mark Twain in Three Moods: Three New Items of Twainiana

Mark Twain in Three Moods: Three New Items of Twainiana

Mark Twain in Three Moods: Three New Items of Twainiana

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Samuel L. Clemens, who took his famous pseudonym as a Western journalist and won his introduction to the world as "the wild humorist of the Pacific slope," had many strings to his bow. He was not merely a humorist and platform entertainer like Artemus Ward, Petroleum V. Nasby, Josh Billings and the rest. Unlike the majority of that group, he disliked the buffoonery of illiterate spelling and fantastic puns, and early discovered a taste for literature which transcended slapstick. For example, he keenly relished romantic scenery and its description. As he recalls in Life on the Mississippi, Scott and Ossian were great favorites in the valley towns of his boyhood; this omnivorous young printer could hardly have escaped a diet of them. When he began to travel, his letters home invariably described with . . .

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