Mark Twain Journal

Articles from Vol. 52, No. 1, Spring

Editor's Note
Having caught up with a publication schedule that had fallen behind owing to the illness and death of the much-missed previous editor, Thomas A. Tenney, the Mark Twain Journal now resumes its twice-yearly appearance. It was necessary to put together...
Farewell: Beverly Rose David, 1927-2013
Beverly Rose David, known as "Penny" to her colleagues, died November 19, 2013 in Green Valley, Arizona. With her death, Mark Twain studies lost a trailblazer in the art of reading and interpreting the illustrations that accompanied his first editions.David...
Legacy Scholar: David E. E. Sloane
Thomas Edison once said, "An American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person, he generally selects Mark Twain." Is it any surprise that David E. E. Sloane, a pre-eminent Mark Twain scholar and critic, is a great-grandson...
Mark Twain's Cheerful Determinist: Good News in What Is Man?
Mark Twain's "gospel," the philosophical dialogue What is Man?, which rejects, with airy joie de vivre, humanity's free will, was first presented as "What is Happiness?" to the Monday Evening Club in Hartford on 19 February 1883 (Baender 4). Though he...
Mark Twain's Conscience as the "Mysterious Autocrat": Why Moral Philosophers Need Literature
As a teacher of ethics I have long been embarrassed by moral philosophers' fecklessness in providing vivid, forceful and believable illustrations of moral dilemmas. Mark Twain to the rescue! From a philosophical point of view, perhaps his strong suit...
Mark Twain's Italian Villas
Professor Ishihara visited Villa Vivani and Villa di Quarto. Here he shares his observations and photographs of the villas and includes Twain's comments about them.Moving to Villa Viviani, 1892In June 1891, facing serious financial difficulty, Samuel...
Mark Twain's Recovered Comic Voice in "You've Been a Dam Fool/Damfool, Mary"
LifeWe laugh and laugh,Then cry and cry-Then feebler laugh,Then die.- Mark Twain's Notebook (1898)Early in 2001, a donation was made to the Mark Twain Archive at Elmira College in Elmira, New York. The gift contained a letter-from Samuel Clemens's secretary,...
Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History
PAUL SCHNEIDER, Old Man River: The Mississippi River in North American History. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2013. 394 pp. Index. Cloth.By a coincidence two of the most absorbing books about the river with which Mark Twain is forever associated have...
The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature
BEN TARNOFF, The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature. New York: Penguin Press, 2014. 319 pp. Index. Cloth.Students of Mark Twain acknowledge the crucial tutelage that Mark Twain benefited from after...
The Dark Hoaxes of "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg"
(Corrected Version of Article in Volume 51 )Twain's characteristic technique of emplacing hoaxes at the thematic cores of his main works is at its peak in "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" (1899). It is one of his best and most popular stories. The...
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