Mark Twain bibliography: recent publications.
Bailey, Susan Madeline and Deborah Lynn Gosselin, The Twain Shall Meet: The Mysterious Legacy of Samuel L. Clemens' Granddaughter, Nina Clemens Gabrilowitsch (Self-published, 2014).
Did famous author Mark Twain's only surviving child, Clara, and her daughter, Nina Clemens Gabrilowitsch, take a life-long secret to their graves? After extensive research, and using techniques from genetic genealogy, The Twain Shall Meet authors believe the answer is a resounding "yes." If you thought you knew everything about Samuel Langhorne Clemens' family, this book will be a page-turning eye opener. This work of nonfiction takes the reader on a mesmerizing and heartwarming journey into the tangled universe of mother-daughter relationships as co-authors Susan Bailey and genealogist and historic researcher Deborah Gosselin seek to uncover the identity of Bailey's mother--a quest that leads them straight into the heart of Clara's and Nina's world.
Hopkins, Richard L., The Tragic Saga of James W. Paige's Marvelous Typesetting Machine (Hill & Dale Private Press and Type Foundry, 2014).
The word marvelous is a bit of a spoiler, and tells you right away what author Richard Hopkins thinks of James W. Paige's invention. Most Mark Twain scholars familiar with the oft-repeated story of James W. Paige and Mark Twain would agree with Tragic Saga but instead of Marvelous, they would substitute words like unreliable, infernal, and insane, and none would expect to have their minds changed by a privately printed 15 page pamphlet. But Paige's machine was marvelous and this is no ordinary pamphlet.
88 Days in the Motherlode (http://www.thisnthatfilms.net/mark-twain)
In the fall of 1864 Samuel Clemens felt that he was a failure. Recently fired from a newspaper job he didn't like anyway, he had failed as a gold miner, a silver miner, a lumber baron, a soldier and by now he was destitute. Jim Gillis offered him a sanctuary. He suggested Clemens join he and Dick Stoker at Gillis' small cabin in the Sierra Nevada foothills for a while. Samuel Clemens underwent a transformation in those 88 days in Angels Camp and Jackass Hill and found his voice as Mark Twain--one of America's greatest writers and humorists. What was so magical about these 88 days that brought him from the depths of depression to a re-invigoration that propelled him forward to international stardom? Join us as we explore those 88 days in the Mother Lode through Mark Twain's eyes.
Mark Twain Annual (2014)
Horst Kruse, "Once by the Mississippi: Mark Twain and the Literary Iconography of America"
Jarrod Roark, "Beneath Mark Twain: Detecting Sensation Residues in Twain's Early Writing"
Linda A. Morris, "Twice-Told Tales: Aunt Sally Phelps and the 'Evasion' in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn "
Sharon D. McCoy, "No Evading the Jokes: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, and Male Friendship Across Race and Class Lines"
David E.E. Sloane, "The N-Word in Huckleberry Finn Reconsidered"
Angela Tharp and David E.E. Sloane, "An analysis of Mark Twain's Use of Racial Terms When Describing African Americans"
Paula Harrington and Ronald Jenn, "Uncovering the French: On the Roots and Uses of Twain's Antipathy"
Carolyn Grattan Eichin, "From Sam Clemens to Mark Twain: Sanitizing the Western Experience"
Gary Scharnhorst, "Clemens and the Campbellites"
Mark Twain Journal (Spring 2014)
The contents of this Spring 2014 issue primarily explore aspects of the final decade and a half of Clemens's life. Tsuyoshi Ishihara has visited and photographed the sites of the two villas in Florence that Clemens rented, and more than anything else Ishihara's descriptions bring into focus the enormity and elaborateness of these scenic residences. Although his temporary homes could not provide the relief from cares that Clemens was desperately seeking, their vistas and other charms at least enabled him to continue writing.
Matthew D. Klauza returns to our pages (his "Mark Twain, Homesickness, and Hannibal" essay appeared in Volume 48) with a careful examination of a 1903 Twain manuscript so little known that its very title has remained unclear. Michael Crews proposes a new reading of certain passages of Twain's What Is Man? Patrick K. Dooley traces Twain's concepts of what he termed "conscience" in several of his works, especially Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and What Is Man?
Beginning with this issue, the Mark Twain Journal is commencing a new feature, "Legacy Scholars," designed to summarize the achievements of those who have made a long-term impact on the field of Mark Twain studies. David E. E. Sloane has been selected as the inaugural Legacy Scholar, and a synopsis of his work and its influence has been prepared by John Bird. This recognition is intended as a token of the debt that a great many of us owe to David Sloane's innovative publications. One of the main purposes of the series will be to acquaint the younger generations of students and professors with those who have shaped Mark Twain scholarship in significant ways.
The Mark Twain Journal also wishes to take note of the passing of Beverly R. David, the first scholar to study in detail the illustrations in the first editions of Twain's books and the artists behind them. Barbara Schmidt has written a tribute to help readers appreciate "Penny" David's insights.
Alas, for the first time in memory the Mark Twain Journal has to acknowledge that an important passage was inadvertently omitted in a recent article in Volume 51. In order to fulfill our obligation to both the author and our readers, we have added extra pages to this present issue in order to include a corrected version of Lawrence I. Berkove's essay about "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg."
Mark Twain Journal (Fall 2014)
In this issue the Mark Twain Journal honors Lawrence I. Berkove as a Legacy Scholar. His former student (and now Professor of English at Eastern Michigan University Joseph Csicsila) summarizes the importance of Berkove's scholarship to Twain studies.
The paths of two great talents--one scientific and the other literary--connected during the Gilded Age and sparked mutual admiration and a friendship that lasted for their lifetimes. The theories about electricity developed by Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) and the writings of Mark Twain (1835-1910) still resonate in the twenty-first century. Bratislav Stojiljkovic, Dragoljub A. Cucic, and Zoran Pajic contribute an essay that outlines the friendship of Tesla and Twain, and explains the genius behind Tesla's electrical discoveries and inventions.
Kevin Mac Donnell's article investigates a printing hoax that Sam Clemens played in 1856 when he lived with his brothers Orion and Henry in Keokuk, Iowa. Tongue in cheek, he declared himself an "Antiquarian" in the Keokuk City Directory for 1856-7. John Lockwood writes about Twain's "The Legend of the Capitoline Venus" hoax and a later imitation of the same stratagem. Matt Seybold's "Tom Sawyer Impersonates 'The Original Confidence Man'" researches literary and actual nineteenth-century confidence men and their place among American characters.
What has happened to river pilot Isaiah Sellers's journal and logbook? That remains a mystery, but Michael H. Marleau traces their whereabouts to a certain point and presents a genealogy of the Sellers family.
Jeanne Campbell Reesman's "Mark Twain vs. God: The Story of a Relationship" illustrates how Twain's writings continue to lead our imagination into meditations and deeper observations about humankind. In a similar study of Twain's political saavy, Stefan Kehlenbach's "I am an American: The Political Consequences of Hank Morgan's Lack of Identity" finds Hank Morgan as relevant today as in the sixth and nineteenth centuries.
We sadly take notice of the passing of J. R. LeMaster of Baylor University.
The Mark Twain Journal concludes the year with an interview with McAvoy Layne, a Mark Twain educator who has read all of Twain's published writings (18,000 pages) in ten years. Layne primarily considers himself an educator rather than an impersonator but has given more than 4,000-plus performances as the white-suited Twain.
Joseph Csicsila, Editor
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