By Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens), a former printer's apprentice, journalist, steamboat pilot, and miner, continues to be to this present day some of the most enduring and cherished of America's nice writers. Combining cultural feedback with ancient scholarship, A ancient consultant to Mark Twain addresses a variety of subject matters proper to Twain's paintings, together with faith, trade, race, gender, social classification, and imperialism. like every of the old courses to American Authors, this quantity contains an advent, a short biography, a bibliographic essay, and an illustrated chronology of the author's existence and times.
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His Olympian relish for the bounty of creation had given way almost completely to determinism, nihilism, despair. Life was base and pointless; people were haplessly selﬁsh and self-deceived. If there was any consolation in this dire outlook, it derived from the thought that the chaos— as Clemens tried to persuade himself—was no longer his responsibility. . As quoted in Louis J. Budd, Our Mark Twain: The Making of His Public Personality (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, ), p.
First there had been the war,” observes James M. ”59 It was another of those vexed episodes he came back to again and again, trying in vain to ﬁnd a version of the story he could live with. During the next two years, spent largely in California, Sam supported himself by writing for the Golden Era and the Californian, both literary magazines, the latter edited by Bret Harte, and as a reporter for the San Francisco Morning Call. His now seasoned nose for trouble led him into conﬂict with the San Francisco police, who took umbrage when he criticized them in print for corruption and mistreatment of the Chinese.
34 Magnanimously, but somewhat mysteriously as well, Jervis Langdon looked with compassion on his daughter’s suitor and ﬁnally welcomed him into the family. Clemens openly admitted the errors of his past and just as openly committed himself to reform. “I shall do no act which you or Livy might be pained to hear of,” he wrote to Mary Fairbanks; “I shall seek the society of the good—I shall be a Christian. ”35 But climb as he might, Clemens was slow to ﬁnd his ease in the role of a rich man. He bristled at the suggestion that Livy’s chief attraction was her wealth and protested to her mother that he wanted nothing of the family fortune.