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Mark Twain, who was often photographed with a cigar, once remarked that he came into the world looking for a light. In this new biography, published on the centennial of the writer's death, Jerome Loving focuses on Mark Twain, humorist and quipster, and sheds new light on the wit, pathos, and tragedy of the author of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." In brisk and compelling fashion, Loving follows Twain from Hannibal to Hawaii to the Holy Land, showing how the southerner transformed himself into a westerner and finally a New Englander. This re-examination of Twain's life is informed by newly discovered archival materials that provide the most complex view of the man and writer to date.
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Acknowledgments Chronology of the Life and Works of Mark Twain Prologue I. Humorist in the West 1. Life on the Salt River 2. Window to the West 3. Orion 4. Southwest Humorist 5. Tramp Printer 6. Cub Pilot 7. Death on the Mississippi 8. Fetching Grant 9. Lighting Out 10. A Millionaire for Ten Days 11. "Mark Twain" 12. Governor of the Third House 13. The Jumping Frog 14. Vandal Abroad 15. Wild Humorist of the Pacific Slope II. Writer in the East 16. Westerner in the East 17. Pilgrims on the Loose 18. Love in a Locket 19. The Innocent at Home 20. False Start in Buffalo 21. Back on the Lecture Circuit 22. Home in Hartford 23. Sequel to a Success 24. A Book about the English 25. Colonel Sellers 26. Mississippi Memories 27. The Riley Book 28. Banned in Boston 29. The Innocent Abroad Again 30. Down and Out in Paris and London III. The Artist and the Businessman 31. Associations New and Old 32. Return to the River and the Lecture Circuit 33. Mark Twain and the Phunny Phellows 34. Webster and Paige 35. A Romance of the White Conscience 36. Publishing Grant 37. Brooding in King Arthur's Court 38. Progress and Poverty 39. Europe on Only Dollars a Day 40. A Dream Sold down the River 41. Family Matters 42. A Friend at Standard Oil 43. Broken Twigs and Found Canoes 44. Back Home and Overland 45. Lost in the British Empire 46. Mark Twain's Daughter IV. The Mysterious Stranger 47. City of Dreams 48. Winter Fantasies 49. Weary Sojourners 50. Exile's Return 51. Homeless 52. A Death in Florence Epilogue Appendix A. Clemens Genealogy Appendix B. Books Published by Charles L. Webster & Company Notes Index

About the Author

Jerome Loving, Distinguished Professor of English at Texas A&M University, is the author of Walt Whitman: Song of Himself and The Last Titan: A Life of Theodore Dreiser, both from UC Press.


"An informative new biography." New York Review Of Books "Funny and informative... This could be the biography of the season." San Francisco Chronicle "Excellent... The biographer proves an adept guide." Wall Street Journal "Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens works well for the general reader." -- James E. Caron Studies In American Humor "Serves up a balanced literary biography of a crowded life." Publishers Weekly "Funny, fresh, and informative." Toronto Globe & Mail "Provocative and well-reasoned." St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A fresh interpretive perspective... Readers will value this portrait of a peripatetic genius traversing a wide swath of American culture." Booklist "Bids fair, as they used to say, to be a standard life." New Yorker

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