Mark Twain: The Complete Interviews

Author:   Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher:   The University of Alabama Press
Edition:   Annotated edition
ISBN:  

9780817315221


Pages:   768
Publication Date:   15 October 2006
Format:   Hardback
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Author:   Gary Scharnhorst
Publisher:   The University of Alabama Press
Imprint:   The University of Alabama Press
Edition:   Annotated edition
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 5.80cm , Length: 22.90cm
Weight:   1.406kg
ISBN:  

9780817315221


ISBN 10:   0817315225
Pages:   768
Publication Date:   15 October 2006
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Next to Mark Twain's letters, the interviews with him constitute the most important body of texts that still have not come fully into print. We get in this book an entirely fresh, distinctive, informative body of autobiographical commentary; we also get a kind of running performance as Twain interacts with and postures for reporters (and their readers!), and continually reframes his public persona. --Louis J. Budd, author of Our Mark Twain


Like Theodore Dreiser: Interviews, ed. by Frederic Rusch and Donald Pizer (CH, Jun'05, 42-5739), this book provides vivid biographical data with an immediacy that brings to life everything from Mark Twain's personal idiosyncrasies and mannerisms to his central ideas on life and literature. An international celebrity and inveterate traveler, Twain reflected on the social and cultural mores of five continents. He responded to questions, often with his inimitable phrasing, about the leading political, financial, and artistic figures of his day. Scharnhorst (Univ. of New Mexico) wisely presents the pieces, which date from 1871 to 1910, in chronological order, regularizing spelling and punctuation. Annotations aid readers lacking a specialist's knowledge of the historical and biographical references in the interviews. In notes, the editor supplements Twain's interview comments with versions published in other journals. This lengthy edition would have profited from more condensation than it in fact received. Because it includes numerous extraordinary interviews, fewer selections that repeat Twain's pat routines (on subjects ranging from his ideas about international copyrights to his smoking habits) would have made the volume as friendly for the general reader as for the scholar. Nevertheless, in small doses the material will delight and enlighten anyone interested in Mark Twain. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, researchers, and faculty; general readers. -- CHOICE Mark Twain: The Complete Interviews goes a long way in recovering that side of the writer that has largely been lost to us. This is a major contribution to Twain scholarship and Scharnhorst's introduction is a model of clarity and precision. --Tom Quirk, editor of The Portable Mark Twain


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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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