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Mark Twain

How did Mark Twain develop his remarkable oral style of writing which was so carefully crafted? And what can we learn about 19th century America from the public speeches of this humourist and teacher who charmed his country and exported his notions of Americanism around the world? This book-length critical analysis deals exclusively with Twain's oratory. A reference volume in the Great American Orators Series, it is designed for students, teachers and professionals in the fields of speech communication and American studies. The volume, bringing Mark Twain again to the centre stage, opens with an assessment of Twain as a great American orator and then appraises his rhetoric, lectures, occasional speeches, and summarises his impact on his listeners. Professor Vallin shows how he used humour, varying styles of satire to attack Victorian hegemony and to exalt the common man, and how he emerged as the Representative American. He used vernacular expressions to bridge different sections of the country and spoke hundreds of times to thousands of listeners on a wide variety of topics, giving both simple talks and well-planned addresses. Sixteen selected speeches exemplify his eloquent and varied styles as a communicator. The volume also provides a chronology, a bibliographical essay and a general index.
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Table of Contents

Series Foreword Foreword Preface Critical Analysis Mark Twain, A Great American Orator Rhetorical Appraisal Lectures Occasional Speeches Epilogue Collected Speeches Sandwich Island Lecture The American Vandal Abroad Roughing It Lecture On Speech-Making Reform Post-Prandial Oratory Dinner Speech (Whitefriars Club) The Babies Dinner Speech (Whittier's Birthday) Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims On Foreign Critics Advice to Youth Edmund Burke on Croker and Tammany Remarks (Public Education Association) Introducing Winston S. Churchill Our Guest (Lord Mayor's Banquet) Dinner Speech Seventieth Birthday Dinner Chronology of Significant Public Speaking Events Bibliographic Essay Index

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First book-length analysis of Mark Twain as a great American orator, one that demonstrates his oral style of writing and his eloquence as spokesman for nineteenth-century Americans.

About the Author

MARLENE BOYD VALLIN is Associate Professor of Speech Communication and American Studies at Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus. She has published articles on public speaking, interpersonal and group communication, and performance studies in a variety of professional journals.

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