Mainly the Truth: Interviews with Mark Twain

Author:   Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher:   The University of Alabama Press
ISBN:  

9780817355395


Pages:   344
Publication Date:   15 February 2009
Format:   Paperback
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Mainly the Truth is a collection of the most colorful and vivacious interviews that Mark Twain gave to newspapers and reporters throughout his career. A master storyteller and raconteur, Twain understood the value of publicity, and these interviews capture Twain at his most lively and in moments of candor and introspection. In his interviews, Twain discussed such topical issues as hazing and civil service reform, and more enduring concerns, such as his lecture style, his writings, government corruption, humor, his bankruptcy, racism, suffrage, imperialism, international copyright, and his impressions of other writers (Howells, Gorky, George Bernard Shaw, Tennyson, Longfellow, Kipling, Hawthorne, Dickens, Bret Harte, among others). These interviews are both oral performances in their own right and a new basis for evaluating contemporary responses to Twain's writings.

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Author:   Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher:   The University of Alabama Press
Imprint:   The University of Alabama Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   0.517kg
ISBN:  

9780817355395


ISBN 10:   0817355391
Pages:   344
Publication Date:   15 February 2009
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Almost like having a portable microphone pinned to Mark Twain's coat lapel. Better than any biography or collection of letters for a glimpse into Twain's REAL opinions about books, personalities, and issues. Persevering reporters repeatedly catch Twain off guard and in exactly the right frame of mind to talk candidly, with deeply revealing results. . . . The most valuable window into Twain's psyche to appear in many, many years. --Alan Gribben


As Gary Scharnhorst explains in his fine introduction to Mainly the Truth , a collection that reprints about half of the newspaper interviews Twain gave on his many travels, Twain knew 'the power of the press and when and how to talk with reporters.' . . . Even though the interviews assembled by Scharnhorst are no substitute for Twain's mature fiction, they contain useful materials for Twain lovers. Reading them, we hear a careful, pause-rich voice discuss creativity, politics, and human fallability. --Larry T. Shillock for The Bloomsbury Review


"As Gary Scharnhorst explains in his fine introduction to Mainly the Truth , a collection that reprints about half of the newspaper interviews Twain gave on his many travels, Twain knew 'the power of the press and when and how to talk with reporters.' . . . Even though the interviews assembled by Scharnhorst are no substitute for Twain's mature fiction, they contain useful materials for Twain lovers. Reading them, we hear a careful, pause-rich voice discuss creativity, politics, and human fallability."--Larry T. Shillock for The Bloomsbury Review


As Gary Scharnhorst explains in his fine introduction to Mainly the Truth, a collection that reprints about half of the newspaper interviews Twain gave on his many travels, Twain knew 'the power of the press and when and how to talk with reporters.' . . . Even though the interviews assembled by Scharnhorst are no substitute for Twain's mature fiction, they contain useful materials for Twain lovers. Reading them, we hear a careful, pause-rich voice discuss creativity, politics, and human fallability. --Larry T. Shillock for The Bloomsbury Review


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Gary Scharnhorst is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of New Mexico. He is the author or editor of over thirty books and editor of the journal American Literary Realism.

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