Lit Crit Guides: Reading and Interpreting the Works of Mark Twain, 1st Edition

  • Spring Hermann
  • Published By: Enslow Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 0766084949
  • ISBN-13: 9780766084940
  • DDC: 818.40923
  • Grade Level Range: 7th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 160 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2017 | Published/Released February 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2017

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“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug.” Observations like this make Mark Twain the most widely read and quoted American author. This guide utilizes quotes, excerpts, biographical information, and critical analysis in examining Twain’s vast output of novels, personal memoirs, social criticisms, and essays, both serious and hilarious. It also demonstrates how Twain carefully stored his life experiences in his mind, then mined and refined them years later, to bring us the timeless lessons he had learned. In all his works, students will find the underlying fears, disappointments, hopes and dreams he held for America—and he always found the right words to tell us.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: A Boy Survives on the Western Frontier.
2: Sam’s Boyhood Lives Again: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
3: Sam Takes Charge of a Larger Boat.
4: Inspiration Comes From the West as Sam Clemens Becomes Mark Twain.
5: From Tall Tales to Olde Legends: Twain Moves to the Sixteenth Century.
6: Mark Twain Fails in Business but Wins in Literature.
7: A Passion for Technology Leads Twain to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
8: The Later Life of Samuel Clemens and Writings of Mark Twain.
Chapter Notes.
Literary Terms.
Major Works by Mark Twain.
Further Reading.