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How Nancy Jackson Married Kate Wilson and Other Tales of Rebellious Girls and Daring Young Women
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ISBN: 0803202393 Year: 2001 Publisher: Lincoln : Baltimore, Md. : University of Nebraska Press, Project MUSE,

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"Boyhood is the most familiar province of Mark Twain's fiction, but a reader doesn't have to look far to find feminine territory - and it's not the perfectly neat and respectable place where you'd expect to see Becky Thatcher. This is a fictional world where rather than polishing their domestic arts and waiting for marriage proposals, girls are fighting battles, riding stallions, rescuing boys from rivers, cross-dressing, debating religion, hunting, squaring off against angry bulls, or, in what may be the most flagrant flouting of Victorian convention, marrying other women." "This special edition brings together the best of Twain's stories about unconventional girls and women, from Eve as she names the animals in Eden to Joan of Arc to the transvestite farce of a young man named Alice from the Wapping district of London. Whatever they're doing - bopping boys with a baseball bat in "Hellfire Hotchkiss," treating the author to a life story and a dogsled ride in "The Esquimau Maiden's Romance," or sacrificing all for the sake of a horse, as in "A Horse's Tale"--These women and girls are surprising, provocative, and irresistibly entertaining in the great Twain tradition in which they now finally take their rightful place."--Jacket.


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The gentle grafter
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ISBN: 0585016577 9780585016573 Publisher: Champaign, Ill. Project Gutenberg

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The Fruited Plain : Fables for a Postmodern Democracy
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ISBN: 1281721727 9786611721725 0300128347 Year: 2008 Publisher: New Haven, CT : Yale University Press,

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The beleaguered Joad family of Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath struggled in an era of disappointed dreams and empty pockets. But how might the grandchildren of that Dust Bowl generation fare in today's more promising times? In this boisterously inventive book Alvin Kernan sends various descendants of the original Joad family on a postmodern journey out of California and into the excesses of American culture at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The experiences of today's Joads are as hilarious as they are discomfiting: they encounter in Kernan's America a world of democracy gone haywire and social institutions in perplexing disarray.In ten satiric episodes, Kernan visits virtually every important American institution-the family, education, religion, art, the military, law courts, sex, science and medicine, politics, and not least television and its advertisements. Unsparing with his barbs, he reveals both the fools and the knaves among us. Kernan's modern-day Joads find themselves in a distorted world where a surplus of democracy not only fails to free its inhabitants but also makes them vulnerable to the machinations of greedy and unscrupulous exploiters. Echoing the voices of such other provocative wits as Evelyn Waugh and Tom Wolfe, Kernan will make you laugh at the absurdity of American culture and-in all likelihood-at yourself.

Leaving home
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ISBN: 067081976X Year: 1987 Publisher: Harmondsworth Viking Penguin,

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Mark twain : Collected tales, sketches, speeches & essays 1852-1890
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ISBN: 0940450364 Year: 1992 Volume: 60 Publisher: New York Library of America

Mark Twain
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ISBN: 0877546983 Year: 1986 Publisher: New York (N.Y.): Chelsea House,

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