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A family sketch and other private writings
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ISBN: 0520959639 Year: 2014 Publisher: Berkeley, California : University of California Press,

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This book publishes, for the first time in full, the two most revealing of Mark Twain's private writings. Here he turns his mind to the daily life he shared with his wife Livy, their three daughters, a great many servants, and an imposing array of pets. These first-hand accounts display this gifted and loving family in the period of its flourishing.Mark Twain began to write ""A Family Sketch"" in response to the early death of his eldest daughter, Susy, but the manuscript grew under his hands to become an exuberant account of the entire household. His record of the childrens' sayings-""Small F


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Mark Twain's audience : a critical analysis of reader responses to the writings of Mark Twain
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ISBN: 1498504280 0739190520 Year: 2014 Publisher: Lanham : Lexington Books,

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The unique contribution of this book is the focus upon the testimony of Twain's audience as a unique "reading community"-how his fiction intersected with their real lives, how he impacted American publishing, literacy, and educational reform, and how Americans loved the theatricality and humor that Twain brought to their lives.

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