Mark Twain and human nature / Tom Quirk.

By: Quirk, Tom, 1946-Material type: TextTextSeries: Mark Twain and his circle series: Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, c2007Description: xvi, 289 p. ; 25 cmISBN: 9780826217585 (alk. paper); 0826217583 (alk. paper)Subject(s): Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Criticism and interpretation | Humorous stories, American -- History and criticismAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Mark Twain and human nature.; Online version:: Mark Twain and human nature.DDC classification: 818/.409 LOC classification: PS1338 | .Q575 2007Other classification: HT 4705
Contents:
Chapter One. 1852-1869 -- Chapter Two. 1870-1879 -- Chapter Three. 1880-1884 -- Chapter Four -- 1885-1889 -- Chapter Five. 1890-1899 -- Chapter Six. 1900-1910.
Summary: "Explores Mark Twain's works--including The Innocents Abroad, Following the Equator, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Puddin' Head Wilson, and What Is Man?--in terms of his interest in the subject of human nature, examining how his outlook on the human condition changed over the years"--Provided by publisher.
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"Explores Mark Twain's works--including The Innocents Abroad, Following the Equator, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Puddin' Head Wilson, and What Is Man?--in terms of his interest in the subject of human nature, examining how his outlook on the human condition changed over the years"--Provided by publisher.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Chapter One. 1852-1869 -- Chapter Two. 1870-1879 -- Chapter Three. 1880-1884 -- Chapter Four -- 1885-1889 -- Chapter Five. 1890-1899 -- Chapter Six. 1900-1910.

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CHOICE Review

This book at first seems like a gentle ramble through Mark Twain's philosophy of man. The style is downright folksy, as evidenced by Quirk's observation that life may seem ordered to Twain's characters, but to the author himself "the whole spectacle of human life is ultimately a crap-shoot." Quirk (Univ. of Missouri, Columbia) divides Twain's life into six periods of developing "moral" sense in relation to his characters. Though he brings philosophers of the age in sync with the humorist, Quirk really writes about the man and his books. Moving chronologically, Quirk relates patterns in the major novels to the author's ideology of man. Whereas other recent books, e.g., Harold Bush's impressive Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crises of His Age (CH, Aug'07, 44-6695), are heavily analytical, concentrating on contemporary sources, Quirk focuses on characters such as Huck Finn and Hank Morgan and wonders if they mean what one thinks they do at first glance--and concludes that they often do not. Paradoxes abound, and Twain's characters reflect the ambiguity and discontinuity of a deterministic world without an obvious destination. Quirk's textual references are clear, his style engaging, his logic sophisticated in places and always thoughtful. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. D. E. Sloane University of New Haven

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Tom Quirk is author or editor of numerous books, including Nothing Abstract: Investigations in the American Literary Imagination (University ofMissouri Press), Mark Twain: A Study of the Short Fiction, and The Portable Mark Twain. He is Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Mark Twain and His Circle Series , edited by Tom Quirk and John Bird

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