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A Family Sketch and Other Private Writings.

By: Twain, Mark.
Contributor(s): Griffin, Benjamin.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain: Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (201 p.).ISBN: 9780520959637.Subject(s): Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography | Biography | Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- FamilyGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: A Family Sketch and Other Private WritingsDDC classification: 818/.409 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; A FAMILY SKETCH AND OTHER PRIVATE WRITINGS; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; Introduction; A Family Sketch; A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It; A Record of the Small Foolishnesses of Susie and "Bay" Clemens (Infants); At the Farm; Quarry Farm Diary; Mark Twain; About the Texts; About the Illustrations; Biographical Directory; Works Cited; Acknowledgments
Summary: This book publishes, for the first time in full, the two most revealing of Mark Twain's private writings. Here he turns his mind to the daily life he shared with his wife Livy, their three daughters, a great many servants, and an imposing array of pets. These first-hand accounts display this gifted and loving family in the period of its flourishing.Mark Twain began to write ""A Family Sketch"" in response to the early death of his eldest daughter, Susy, but the manuscript grew under his hands to become an exuberant account of the entire household. His record of the childrens' sayings-""Small F
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Cover; A FAMILY SKETCH AND OTHER PRIVATE WRITINGS; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; Introduction; A Family Sketch; A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It; A Record of the Small Foolishnesses of Susie and "Bay" Clemens (Infants); At the Farm; Quarry Farm Diary; Mark Twain; About the Texts; About the Illustrations; Biographical Directory; Works Cited; Acknowledgments

This book publishes, for the first time in full, the two most revealing of Mark Twain's private writings. Here he turns his mind to the daily life he shared with his wife Livy, their three daughters, a great many servants, and an imposing array of pets. These first-hand accounts display this gifted and loving family in the period of its flourishing.Mark Twain began to write ""A Family Sketch"" in response to the early death of his eldest daughter, Susy, but the manuscript grew under his hands to become an exuberant account of the entire household. His record of the childrens' sayings-""Small F

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CHOICE Review

This delightful book comprises six unpublished documents--written by Mark Twain, his wife (Livy), and oldest daughter (Susy)--that cohere into what Griffin (an editor at the Mark Twain Project) terms a "group biography." Samuel Clemens's "A Family Sketch" depicts the household as the epitome of domestic bliss; his "A Record of the Small Foolishness of Susy and 'Bay' Clemens" offers a mass of anecdotes from the childhood of Clara, Susy, and Jean; and his brief "At the Farm" relocates "Foolishness" to Quarry Farm. Livy's "Quarry Farm Diary" and Susy's "Mark Twain" biography (written when she was about ten years old) offer additional perspectives. Griffin also includes one previously published piece, "A True Story," because it adds to the portrait of servants in "A Family Sketch" and displays Clemens's mastery of dialect. The Victorian values portrayed here, juxtaposed with Twain's various escapades of Tom and Huck, seem to support Justin Kaplan's thesis that Clemens and Twain represented opposite poles of one personality (the gentleman versus the bohemian). The book is meticulously edited--a hallmark of the Mark Twain Project--and it will likely appeal to all who are interested in the life of the Clemens family. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readers. --Jeffrey W. Miller, Gonzaga University

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled throughout the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, Gilded Age in 1873, which was co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)

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