By Peter Messent, Louis J. Budd
This broad-ranging significant other brings jointly revered American and eu critics and a few up-and-coming students to supply an outline of Twain, his historical past, his writings, and his position in American literary history.
- One of the main broad-ranging volumes to seem on Mark Twain in contemporary years.
- Brings jointly revered Twain critics and a few more youthful students within the box to supply an summary of this vital determine in American literature.
- Places exact emphasis at the ways that Twain's works stay either appropriate and significant for a twenty-first century audience.
- A concluding essay evaluates the altering panorama of Twain criticism.
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The Welshman says of Joe’s plan to slit the widow’s nostrils and notch her ears, “white men don’t take that sort of revenge. But an Injun! That’s a different matter altogether” (Twain 1876: 230). Even Joe says of his desire for revenge upon Dr. Robinson, “The Injun blood ain’t in me for nothing” (p. 90). Though Twain was originally content to explain Joe’s evil character as a product of race, he apparently emphatically rejected that explanation in revision. Most of Joe’s motivation for revenge has to do with his sense of wounded pride.
Clemens was probably helped along in his thinking by a thorough and impressionable reading of Thomas Paine’s The Age of Reason while he was a riverboat pilot. That book cultivated in Clemens a fundamentally secular outlook. Sherwood Cummings may well be right in maintaining that it is “nearly impossible to exaggerate the impact of The Age of Reason on the mind of Samuel Clemens” (Cummings 1988: 20). Still, one needs to be cautious in assigning too much influence to a single book. Paine may have liberated Twain’s thinking, but he did not necessarily revise ingrained attitudes.
90). Though Twain was originally content to explain Joe’s evil character as a product of race, he apparently emphatically rejected that explanation in revision. Most of Joe’s motivation for revenge has to do with his sense of wounded pride. The Widow Douglas’s husband once had Joe arrested for vagrancy, but Joe adds, “And that ain’t all! It ain’t all! It ain’t a millionth part of it! He had me horsewhipped! – horsewhipped in front of the jail, like a nigger! – with all the town looking on! HORSEWHIPPED!