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‘Littery Man’: Mark Twain and Modern Authorship

Richard S. Lowry


As Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens became one of America's first modern celebrities, successfully straddling the conflicts between culture and commerce. Twain manipulated the cultural outlets of his day, not only through publication of his diverse novels, but through newspapers, magazines, book reviews, advertising, and his popular performances and readings. This book examines a range of Twain's major works to show how the writer strove to establish his authority over the course of his career. For the author, Samuel Clemens's supreme fiction and most explicitly artful performance was Mark Twain, th ... More

Keywords: Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens, American Writer, Howells, travel guidebooks, fiction, American literature, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780195102123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard S. Lowry, author
College of William and Mary