This broad-ranging companion brings together respected American and European critics and a number of up-and-coming scholars to provide an overview of Twain, his background, his writings, and his place in American literary history.
- One of the most broad-ranging volumes to appear on Mark Twain in recent years
- Brings together respected Twain critics and a number of younger scholars in the field to provide an overview of this central figure in American literature
- Places special emphasis on the ways in which Twain's works remain both relevant and important for a twenty-first century audience
- A concluding essay evaluates the changing landscape of Twain criticism
Keywords: 19th century American literature; American novel; Tom Sawyer; Huckleberry Finn; Charles Dickens; Southern Literature; travel writing; A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court; The Prince and the Pauper; humor; American West; American literary criticism; American literary history; Mark Twain and culture; Twain travel writing; Twain as humorist; Twain as humourist; Twain criticism, American Literature, Comparative & World Literature, American Literature, Comparative & World Literature