Mark Twain (Paperback)

The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens

By Jerome Loving

University of California Press, 9780520269859, 520pp.

Publication Date: March 31, 2010

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Hardcover (3/31/2010)

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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.

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.

Praise For Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens

"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

“Serves up a balanced literary biography of a crowded life.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens works well for the general reader.”

— James E. Caron

“Funny, fresh, and informative.”

— Toronto Globe & Mail

"Bids fair, as they used to say, to be a standard life."

— New Yorker

“A fresh interpretive perspective. . . . Readers will value this portrait of a peripatetic genius traversing a wide swath of American culture.”

— Booklist

“Provocative and well-reasoned.”

— St. Louis Post-Dispatch