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Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture

Shelley Fisher Fishkin


This book blends personal narrative with reflections on history, literature, and popular culture to provide a lively and provocative look at who Mark Twain really was, how he got to be that way, and what we do with his legacy today. The book illuminates the many ways that America has embraced Mark Twain—from the scenes and plots of his novels, to his famous quips, to his bushy-haired, white-suited persona. It reveals that we have constructed a Twain often far removed from the actual writer. For instance, we travel to Hannibal, Missouri, Mark Twain's home town, a locale that in his work is both ... More

Keywords: Mark Twain, Hannibal, Missouri, Tom Sawyer, slaveholders, slave South, American culture, popular culture, literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780195121223
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195121223.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Shelley Fisher Fishkin, author
University of Texas at Austin

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