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Mark Twain Bibliography: Recent Publications.

Mark Twain Annual (2018)

Editor's Re: Marks, Chad Rohman

Featured Essay

"The England Trip of 1872: Mark Twain's First Season in Hell," Joseph Csicsila Critical Essays

"Rhetorical Listening, Silence, and Cultural (Dis) identifications in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Revisiting the "Raft Episode" Again, Ugh!" Ben Click

"The Colorless History of That Dull Country Town: Color-Blind Racism in Pudd'nhead Wilson," Virginia Maresca

"This Way to the Egress: The Humbug of Barnum and Twain," Christine Benner Dixon

"Mark Twain's 'Assault of Laughter': Reflections on the Perplexing History of an Appealing Idea," Holger Kersten

"A Populist in King Arthur's Court," Andrew Alquesta

" Mark Twain Explains the Trump Presidency: Mark Twain's Political Commentary Remains Relevant Today," Donald Tiffany Bliss

"The Art of Judicious Lying," Gregg Camfield

"Ornithorhyncus Platypus Extraordinariensis: Modernist Metafiction and the Assault on the Reader in Melville's The Confidence-Man and Twain's The Mysterious Stranger," G. R. Thompson

Pedagogical Essays

"Reading, Writing, and 'Riffmatic': Using Twain in a Writing Class," John T. Gatten

"Miles to Go: The Prince and the Pauper in Film and Television," Hugh H. Davis

Book Reviews

The Introspective Art of Mark Twain by Douglas Anderson (Review by Aleda Alexander)

Critical Insights: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by R. Kent Rasmussen (Review by Barbara Schmidt)

Mark Twain and France: The Making of a New American Identity by Paula Harrington, Ronald Jenn (Review by Jeffrey Melton)

The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell by Harold K. Bush, Steve Courtney, Peter Messent (Review by Ann M. Ryan)

Mark Twain and Money: Language, Capital, and Culture by Henry B. Wonham, Lawrence Howe (Review by Tracy Wuster)

The Life of Mark Twain: The Early Years, 1835-1871 by Gary Scharnhorst (Review by Jarrod Roark)

Wonder and Irony with Henry James and Mark Twain in the Venice Ducal Palace by Rosella Mamoli Zorzi (Review by Hal Hellwig)


"Filmography of The Prince and the Pauper," Hugh H. Davis

The Mark Twain Journal (Fall 2018)

This issue celebrates the achievements of the directors of the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College in Elmira, New York. In a mere quarter of a century these five individuals turned a donated farm house into a scholar's retreat and an international promoter of Mark Twain studies. As Mark Twain in Elmira (1977, 2013) reminds us, Clemens and his family spent many summers in Elmira; his sister-in-law's home there, Quarry Farm, contributed greatly to his ability to compose his greatest works. When Jervis Langdon, Jr. donated this site to Elmira College, it fell to a succession of imaginative directors of the Center for Mark Twain Studies, beginning with Herbert A. Wisbey, Jr. and then Darryl Baskin, to decide how it could be utilized to best advantage in serving Twain scholars around the world. Gretchen Sharlow, the third director, recollects the challenges they were confronting in the early years when she started as a volunteer in 1983. Bryan Reddick, the longtime chief academic officer of Elmira College, witnessed this astonishingly rapid transformation, and here gives his impressions of the directors he knew, including Barbara Snedecor. Elmira College professor Matt Seybold characterizes the accomplishments and goals of the current director, Joseph Lemak. The Center for Mark Twain Studies serves as the editorial address for the Mark Twain Journal and since 1989 has sponsored quadrennial conferences on the State of Mark Twain Studies. In 2017 the Center hosted the eighth of these international events.

Thomas J. Reigstad's article, "Mark Twain and the Coal Question," investigates some provocative social issues that have troubled his biographers and clearly bothered Twain, too.

Kevin Mac Donnell traces tantalizing suggestions that a religious denomination played a role in Twain's masterpiece; readers should suspect some surprises as they begin "Was Huck Quaker? The Inner Light in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

Liam Purdon tightens the connections between an unlikely pair, John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress and Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." This may be the definitive study of Huck's remark in Chapter 17 about the "tough" book he found on the Grangerfords' parlor table.

Deborah Collins takes a close look at the reception Mark Twain received during his travel around India in 1896, contending, among other things, that his exposure to the tenets of Hindu philosophy had a lasting effect on the writer.

Lizzy Nichols explicates the balancing act that Twain's oral performances and published writings attained during an era when the improvements in printing technology were rapidly standardizing the English language.

Virtually all critics agree about certain resemblances between the works of Edgar Allan Poe and Mark Twain, but Dennis W. Eddings adds to our awareness of specific resemblances between a number of their publications.

Joseph Csicsila, Editor

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